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Red Wings-Penguins Game Seven: Why You Should Be Watching Tonight

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09:  Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings against Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Roger HarfordCorrespondent IJune 12, 2009

In Canada, today is a national holiday. Today is Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. Today, someone carries the Cup.

In America, today is interleague play in baseball.

I'm a Mets fan, but I won't be watching as Livan Hernandez and the Mets take on Joba Chamberlain and the Yankees.

I'll be watching the most exciting game of the most exciting sport, and you should be too.

 

Revenge

Last year Detroit beat Pittsburgh in six games to capture their 11th Stanley Cup in franchise history.

This year, the Penguins are looking for a different result as they go for Cup No. 3.

After losing the first two games in Detroit for the second straight year, nearly everyone thought the result would be the same for the Penguins.

But the Penguins were able to battle back at home and eventually force tonight's Game Seven.

Will this year's result be any different, or just the amount of time it took to achieve the same outcome?

 

Marian Hossa

Last year the Penguins acquired Hossa from Atlanta at the trade deadline, and he helped lead them to the Stanley Cup Finals.

After the season Hossa became a free agent and signed a smaller deal with Detroit, saying he wanted a chance to win the Cup.

Well, now Pittsburgh has a chance to show Hossa where his real chance to win would have been.

Did Hossa make the right choice, or should he have returned to Pittsburgh?

 

Youth vs. Experience

With Chris Osgood, Chris Chelios, Kris Draper, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, and Kirk Maltby, among others, all being 35 years old or older, the core of this Red Wing team is aging. This may be their last chance with the team they have now.

The Penguins, on the other hand, have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, and Marc-Andre Fleury all under 25 years of age. This could be the first of many Cups for the Penguins.

Will the older Red Wings be tired? Will the younger Penguins be able to handle the pressure?

 

Game Seven!

There's nothing more exciting in sports than a Game Seven—except, of course, overtime in a Game Seven.

In the fastest-paced sport in the world, the excitement of a Game Seven is too much to pass up.

The game can change at any given second. Anything can happen at any time.

Someone will be carrying the Stanley Cup around the ice at Joe Louis Arena tonight.

 

The only question left is: Will you be watching?

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