(ORIGINAL POST DATE: Last night, my dear Pittsburgh Penguins lost in game 7 to the Tampa Bay lightning. I thought it was all going to end in game 5. The Pens were up 3-1 going into it. And then they lost… 8-2… and then Monday happened and they lost 4-2… and then we found ourselves at Game 7.
No one wanted to reach this point. Game 7s are full of too much stress.
And when that final buzzer sounded, it was all over. TB won with a one point game. 1-0.
I’m not going to lie. It is disappointing. I wanted my hockey season to continue into May and possibly even June. I wanted the Pens to outlast the Flyers and the Caps and their fair-weather fans.
But you know? The Pens did an amazing job this season despite all of the circumstances. You couldn’t really ask for more. They came in 4th in the division. They had 106 points which is a franchise second best behind the 1992-93 season. They had 49 wins which is tied for 2nd best season in franchise history again behind the 1992-93 season.
Crosby was out since January 6th missing almost 50 games which unfortunately ended his record setting goal run. Malkin was out since February 5th. Lets not forget that he was missing at the beginning of the season too. Dustin Jeffrey is a loss to. He was huge when the Pens were missing most of their team.
At one point in February, the Penguins had 13 on injury reserve. 13. Thats 13 players from the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Baby Pens, an AHL team, filling in for those players and staying for most of the next two months.
And they still finished in 4th place. Exhausted. 3rd and 4th line centers regularly playing on the 1st and 2nd line next to guys with twice the experience. Not just playing, but winning.
Well, boys, it’s been a nice run. I will see you in September for pre-season.