Tonight we will be treated to the first of three Game 7s in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Of the four conference semifinals, only Chicago avoided this fate.
Tonight gets its own stage as Alex Ovechkin's Washington Capitals host Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins. The game's two biggest stars face off in a winner-take-all (well, winner-advances) contest. This is what the league wanted, maybe a round earlier than totally desired, and it has lived up to the hype.
Tomorrow night, we get two of these babies. The favored Red Wings get to face the 8th-seeded Anaheim Ducks in a Game 7. Again, the Wings are the heavy favorites to bring home the cup so a loss tomorrow would be a huge upset. Anaheim isn't scared of this at all. The Ducks already toppled the playoffs' top seed, San Jose Sharks.
Also, we get the less talked about Boston Bruins against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins, despite all the Caps-Pens hype, are the East's top seed. And they've fought back from a 3-1 Canes series lead to get to this Game 7. It will be interesting to see how the Canes handle a must-win game.
Oh, yeah. We saw it in the last round when Carolina surprised the Devils in New Jersey with two late goals and the Game 7 win.