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Penguins' Game 7 history replete with highs, lows

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BY THE NUMBERS

Overall: 7-6

Road: 5-0

Civic/Mellon Arena: 2-5

Consol Energy Center: 0-1

Last win: 2-1 at Detroit (June 12, 2009)

Last home win: 3-0 vs. Washington (May 18, 1995)

RESULTS

April 26, 1975

NYI 1, PIT 0, Civic Arena

April 29, 1989

PHI 4, PIT 1, Civic Arena

April 15, 1991

PIT 4, NJ 0, Civic Arena

May 1, 1991

PIT 3, WAS 1, Capital Centre

May 14, 1993

NYI 4, PIT 3 (OT), Civic Arena

May 18, 1995

PIT 3, WAS 0, Civic Arena

June 1, 1996

FLA 3, PIT 1, Civic Arena

May 4, 1999

PIT 4, NJ 2, Continental Airlines Arena

May 10, 2001

PIT 3, BUF 2, HSBC Arena

May 13, 2009

PIT6, WAS 2, Verizon Center

June 12, 2009

PIT 2, DET 1, Joe Louis Arena

May 12, 2010

MON 5, PIT 2, Mellon Arena

April 27, 2011

TB 1, PIT 0, Consol Energy Center

THE HEROES

1. Max Talbot (2009, vs. DET)

His two goals were the difference in winning Stanley Cup in Detroit.

2. Darius Kasparaitis (2001, vs. BUF)

Scored iconic overtime goal in Buffalo to extend Mario Lemieux's comeback campaign.

3. Jiri Hrdina (1991, vs. NJ)

Potted two to trigger the franchise's first Cup run.

THE villains

1. David Volek (1993, for NYI)

Scored the goal that ended a would-be dynasty seemingly in full flight.

2. Tom Fitzgerald (1996, for FLA)

Beat Tom Barrasso from the South Hills to halt drive to Cup Final.

3. Chico Resch (1975, for NYI)

Pitched a 1-0 shutout that completed comeback from 3-0 series deficit.

BEST MOMENTS

1. Fleury's Saves (2009, vs. Capitals and Red Wings)

An athletic marvel against Alex Ovechkin bested by a historic gem against Nick Lidstrom to clinch the Cup.

2. Tom Barrasso's Pose (1992, vs. Capitals)

After a 3-1 series comeback to start Cup defense, Barrasso raises arms and is mobbed by victorious teammates.

3. Straka's Slide (1999, vs. Devils)

Martin Straka slid on his knees past the benches after scoring to put away the East's top seed.

WORST MOMENTS

1. Stevens Face (1993, vs. Islanders)

A collision with Rich Pilon left Kevin Stevens a bloody mess. He was never the same. Neither were the early-90s Penguins.

2. Mellon Meltdown (2010, vs. Canadiens)

The Canadiens closed Mellon Arena just as they opened Civic Arena, with a win over the overwhelmed Penguins.

3. Commonwealth Freeze Out (1989, vs. Flyers)

In the only Game 7 in the rivalry's history, goalie Ken Wregget humbled the upstart Penguins.

By Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe
Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

It has been described as the greatest words in sports: Game 7. It is coming back to Pittsburgh after a three-year absence, not that the Penguins imagined playing a win-or-bounce game to decide a Round 2 series they once led 3-1 against the New York Rangers. On Tuesday night, the fifth Game 7 of the Sidney Crosby era will take place at Consol Energy Center. A look back at the others:

May 13, 2009

Eastern Conference semifinal

Penguins 6, Capitals 2 (Verizon Center)

A wild series wrapped with a thud — and, befitting the players that came before them, the Penguins completed a playoff comeback against the Capitals. From goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's breakaway denial of Washington's Alex Ovechkin to Crosby's exclamation-point second goal, the Penguins could do no wrong. Heck, even Craig Adams scored.

June 12, 2009

Stanley Cup Final

Penguins 2, Red Wings 1 (Joe Louis Arena)

All the marbles were for the taking, and winger Max Talbot was happy to play the role of playground bully. He scored twice in the second period … then the Penguins held on while playing the last 30 minutes without Crosby, who was injured by a hit along the boards from Detroit's Johan Franzen.

May 12, 2010

Eastern Conference semifinal

Canadiens 5, Penguins 2 (Mellon Arena)

The presumed dynastic Penguins' Cup defense ended shockingly. Crosby took a boarding penalty 10 seconds in, and Montreal's Brian Gionta scored the first of his two power-play goals 22 seconds later. The Canadiens had overcome a 3-2 series deficit, and something about the Penguins seemed to forever change.

April 27, 2011

Eastern Conference semifinal

Lightning 1, Penguins 0 (Consol Energy Center)

Fleury stopped every shot he actually saw. However, a wrap-around goal by Tampa Bay's Sean Bergenheim was enough for goalie Dwayne Rolson, who stopped 36 shots, including 14 in the final period. None came from Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, both of whom missed a series the Penguins led 3-1.

 

 
 


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