Playing in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final is a dream that every hockey fan has enacted in a street hockey game, or on the ice playing pond hockey. It's the pinnacle of the sport, the ultimate test of wills at the end of the most grueling postseason in professional sports.
In order to get you ready for what should surely be an epic game Friday night in Detroit between the Red Wings and Penguins, Nashville Predators play-by-play man Pete Weber gives us a great history lesson on Stanley Cup Final Game Sevens:
My broadcast partner, Terry Crisp is (along with Montreal’s Alexei Kovalev) the King of Game Sevens. They each have played in six Game Sevens without a loss. However, only Kovalev has been on the winning side of the penultimate game in the finals (with the New York Rangers in 1994).
But now, the finals and this year’s will be the fifteenth decided in a seventh game. Depending upon your point of view, the memories can be thrilling or disappointing. In 1994 Rangers fans were thrilled when they could shut up the "1940" taunts by the Islanders’ fans, yet British Columbia fans were hoping their team would be the first to bring the Cup back to the West Coast since the 1925 Victoria Cougars. While Ruslan Fedotenko scored both goals to start the party in Tampa in 2004, the Edmonton Oilers were hoping to become the first eighth-seed to take win it all.
Head on over to Predators.com for a fine read - hey, there's no game on tonight, so what else are you gonna do?