TAMPA, FL - MAY 25: The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate their 5 to 4 win over the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
This series has had a bit of everything, including the fact that both coaches have criticized the officials at times. Fans threw things on the ice after game six in Tampa and apparently some hit the Bruins while the players left the ice. Nathan Horton retaliated by squirting water and tossing his water bottle at a fan. (ala Anton Babchuk) You don't see that everyday!
Even though there is usually discipline doled out when something like that happens, the NHL said there would be no suspensions relative to the incident, so life goes on as "normal" tonight.
Boston fans seem pretty confident, but fear not Lightning fans. They were confident in 2009 as well, up until the Hurricanes ended their season when Scott Walker knocked in a game-winning and series-ending goal in overtime. (Seems like a long time ago now.)
What a series that was, including the Aaron Ward-Scott Walker incident which created a ton of controversy in both Boston and Raleigh. Then when the series was over, we found out that Walker's wife had recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer and the gritty forward was playing with something extra in the tank.
Who will be the hero tonight? Regardless of who wins, it should be a good one.