OTTAWA -- I'm going to be honest. For the second time in as many series, I was sure that the Penguins would be eliminated by the team they were facing.
The first time was after the Game 6 loss to Washington in Pittsburgh when the fans barely showed for the game. I thought they were done in Game 7. This isn't me being bitter or riding the emotional roller coaster a fan goes through, either. As I've talked about before, I'm as straight as it comes covering a team I used to root for.
The second was at Game 3 when I watched a Penguins team allow a Conn Smythe frontrunner to be eviscerated on the road, allowing not one, not two, not three, but four goals in a period. They looked flat out beaten. Emotionally. Physically. Even the magic supplying the Marc-Andre Fleury renaissance looked to be gone.
Last night, though, I realized as a renaissance'd lineup stole a game on the road ... you just simply can't count these Penguins out. Even when mixed with their worst, who can beat them four times?
Let's take a look back at the game through images, starting this time with my pregame meal. That's some poutin, my friends, from the one-and-only Smoke's Poutinerie here at the arena. I opted for the one with BBQ pork on it, because why not.