It’s do or die time. One game. One last chance for two teams. It’s the ultimate pressure scenario. Carolina will host it, but the Hurricanes will take on the Boston Bruins in a winner takes all game at PNC Arena to decide the fate of this playoff series. With both teams having successfully defended their home ice, this series is going the distance, and the Hurricanes will get the last change.
Sports is a cut-throat business. We all know that, but the Hurricanes and the Caniacs around the world will be able to gather at the loudest building in the National Hockey League to give the team their best support tonight. There’s no alternative. Win today and you will live to see another round. Lose, and we can put out Canes gear away for the summer. We all want the best, but it’s up to the twelve forwards, six defensemen, and the netminder that the coaching staff entrusts.
We know that the Hurricanes are likely to roll the same lineup that dropped game six. We know that Boston is almost certainly not going to change anything. This is not a game to mess around with line combinations and mess around with ideas. This is where you play generic hockey and force mistakes. You force the opponent to blink. We all want the Canes to come out on top, but we could witness the end of the season here.
I know I’m just a person with a computer that loves the Hurricanes, but if you are lucky enough to be at this game and you’re watching the Hurricanes fight for their seasons’ future, and their future as a group, make sure you get your voice heard tonight. We know that the Hurricanes have the best fanbase in the league, so make sure that you can be heard screaming. Whether you’re behind the bench or in the nosebleeds, it’s the loudest house in the NHL for a reason.