If not for the team's effort Tuesday night this post would not exist. Yet here we are edging closer to Game 7. The defining moment of what has been a long, arduous and at times even questionable season is exactly two days away from the time of this post.
As you may have noticed, no team has won on the road in this series. Given that pattern it would almost seem as if Detroit has the advantage at home in Game 7. Pittsburgh's last win at Joe Louis Arena came on November 11, a 7-6 win in which Jordan Staal netted a hat trick.
I wanted to look back on all the previous Game 7s in Stanley Cup history, more specifically the history of champs winning on the road.
|1994||New York||Vancouver||New York|
|2003||New Jersey||Anaheim||New Jersey|
|2004||Tampa Bay||Calgary||Tampa Bay|
Unfortunately, as you can see, only two teams in the history of Cup-clinching Game 7s have won on the road. The 1971 Montreal Canadiens were the last team to do it in Chicago - and that's after they dropped the first two games on the road. The most interesting part about the '71 Habs is that up until their Cup-winning game in Chicago, every other game of the series was won by the home team. Sound familiar?
[Edit] On only three occasions, 1955, 1965, and 2003, all games in a best-of-seven series were won by the host team.