There were many reasons why the Lightning traded rising star Jonathan Drouin to the Canadiens on Thursday; however, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman stood firm in saying that above all else, the deal centered around the ability to acquire 18-year-old stud defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.
“Ultimately we made the trade because we were looking to acquire a defenseman, and Sergachev is big and strong, a good skater, moves the puck well, and we were looking for that kind of player,” Yzerman explained in a conference call with reporters.
The series shifts back to PPG Paints Arena for Game 7, in which the Pens are 3-7 all time at home as opposed to their pristine 6-0 road record in such games. Pittsburgh beat the Lightning in the East finals last season to reach the Cup Final, and that was at home.
The Senators, meanwhile, are 0-5 in Game 7s in their history, a mark of futility tied with Coyotes for the most such losses without a win all time.
Interestingly enough, though, the three teams that have lost by six or more goals one game these playoffs came back to win their next game. The Oilers (first round vs. Sharks) and Ducks (second round vs. Oilers) advanced to the next round. Are the Sens next?
One goal loomed large, and the Penguins had one taken away during a scoreless game in the second period when a coach’s challenge determined Trevor Daley interfered Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys with Craig Anderson while their teammates scuffled in Cycling Cheap Jerseys front of the crease. Did Daley push Anderson into the net, as officials ruled? You be the judge.