Penguins have backs against wall

Detroit Red Wings Kris Draper speaks to the media during a press conference in Pittsburgh on...

Detroit Red Wings Kris Draper speaks to the media during a press conference in Pittsburgh on Monday, June 6 as they prepare for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final.

Bruce Garrioch, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Will this be the Penguins final hour or their finest?

We’re about to find out.

The Penguins went through a final day of preparations for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Tuesday night at the Mellon Arena and they can only hope with a victory over the Detroit Red Wings that Game 7 will be played Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

Otherwise, the Penguins will be forced to watch the Wings hoist the Cup for the second straight year at the Igloo after Pittsburgh lost in Game 6 at home last June. This time, the Penguins believe the result is going to be different, even after a 5-0 loss to Detroit in Game 5 Saturday.

“Everyone needs to be ready to have the puck on their stick and make the play or make the defensive play or block the shot or make the save. We should bring that focus to the rink. Those are the type of games, we play that type of game, and that’s what we need. We need a defining game,” said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.

The Wings have been here before and are ready to close the book on this challenge, especially one win away.

“You still kind of get those butterflies floating around just sitting here and talking about it. The one thing I’ve always said is getting this far, getting to this point, I will never, ever take for granted. It’s that special. It means so much to myself, my teammates and everyone associated with it. It’s a lot of hard work, and we’re proud of where we are right now. But with that said, we’ve yet to accomplish anything,” said centre Kris Draper.

“We know that in any series, the fourth one is always the toughest one to win. We know that’s exactly what it’s going to be tomorrow night. The atmosphere and environment’s going to be unbelievable. It was in Games 3 and 4. And it’s something that you just love. That’s a great part of being a professional athlete.”

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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