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WATCH LIVE: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (Game 7)

May 13, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

Brandon Sutter, Mats Zuccarello AP

You won’t find many/any irrelevant Game 7’s in high-level sports, but this is a huge one. Especially for a second-round series … and especially for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

They’ve disappointed in recent postseason runs, even if they made the Eastern Conference finals last season. Giving up a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers would be a different kind of sensation, one some believe would spell the end of Dan Bylsma’s reign as head coach.

The stakes seem higher for the Penguins on Tuesday, yet the Rangers also eye the end of their season for the fourth time in this postseason (once against Philly and for a third time against Pittsburgh). As much as their image might be improved by putting up a fight, management made some big moves from re-signing Henrik Lundqvist and dealing their former captain and futures for Martin St. Louis. So losing this one will hurt both sides, possibly more than your standard “soul-searching in the summer” fare.

It all shapes up to what could be a fascinating Game 7 even by Game 7 standards, so you can tune in on NBCSN or stream the action via the link below.



Game 7 officials

Despite play at home, Penguins stayed in a hotel to get ready for tonight’s game

Game Notes

  1. dropthepuckeh - May 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    How bad are the Hershey squirts from MAF right about now? He has to be a mess….

  2. penguins87and71 - May 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    There shouldn’t even be a game 7. If the Penguins came out and played hard, they would have won in 5 or 6.

    • 7mantel - May 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      I said the same thing about the NYR’s

    • apkyletexas - May 13, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      These guys are playing so soft. They are down one with 13 minutes to go in the 3rd period of game 7, and there’s just no energy.

      I’m kind of hoping they just go ahead and lose and let the house cleaning begin. This team would never make it past the Bruins. Bylsma needs to go. Letang needs to go. Bunch of guys need to go. Just a total lack of energy out there.

  3. rpiotr01 - May 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Rangers should be loose, they did the hard part already. If Pens come out loose and confident, playing at home, they should take this one.

  4. killerpgh - May 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Just hoping the refs are nothing but a note on the score sheet and the players decided the outcome. Like game 7 of the Bruins/Lightning game in 2011. Entire game at even strength.

  5. r8rbhawk - May 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Let’s see who is streaming the game via live extra…

    For every good ol’ boy, there’s a…
    For every twist there’s a…

    Anyone else tired of the same damn 3 commercials that play incessantly?

  6. justinpecora50 - May 13, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    20 minutes to go, just stay aggressive and close the middle of the ice.

  7. Tater25 - May 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Crosby greatest choke artist ever!

  8. slaugin - May 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Hank just got Bylsma fired

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