Mike Sullivan to Penguins: You live for Game 7s

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Capitals stave off elimination, down Penguins 5-2
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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan’s message to his players Tuesday was that Wednesday’s Game 7 against the Washington Capitals is a game “that you live to play in.”

“It’s exciting hockey. Two really good teams,” Sullivan said. “All things are equal here. Both teams have to win a hockey game.”

On one hand, the Capitals’ confidence has grown after winning the last two games of this series in convincing fashion. On the other hand, the Penguins are 5-0 in Game 7 situations in franchise history.

One of those road wins was a 6-2 victory at Washington in 2009 when the Penguins were on their way to the franchise’s third Stanley Cup championship.

Last season, the Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final en route to another Stanley Cup.

“Experience helps whether it’s Game 7 experience or playoff…

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