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Wednesday Off-Day Thread - Game 7s are Wild

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And now MAF will show us how to execute the very difficult save known as the "Setoguchi".
And now MAF will show us how to execute the very difficult save known as the "Setoguchi".

Tonight we say goodbye to Round 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and we're sending it off with a pair of Game 7s in series that did not look like they would end up in these situations. It's been a wild first round, with improbable comebacks (both in games and series), unlikely teams struggling, and a ton of overtime.

From a Red Wings perspective, it's nice to finally have an opponent. The Wings will kick off Round 2 with a trip out to NorCal and a rematch with the San Jose Sharks. J.J. had a nice preview up and we'll have a few more things for your reading pleasure to get ready for this series. However, before we begin, let's look at the 2 games tonight.

The Boston Bruins are playing a Game 7 for the second straight series (dating back to last year), and like in their previous series, they had a chance to avoid this by winning a game on the road, but failed to do so. The Canadiens travel to Beantown to try and recreate the magic that saw them take the first 2 games of this series on enemy ice. Out in Pittsburgh, the Penguins are trying to prevent the Lightning from completing the series comeback. The Pens led this series 3-1 and had a game at home to wrap this series up, but decided to get some extra practice in for Round 2.

(3) Boston Bruins vs (6) Montreal Canadiens - 7:00 PM EDT

TV: RDS, CBC, VERSUS, NESN

Starting Goalies: Tim Thomas (BOS) vs Carey Price (MON)

(4) PIttsburgh Penguins vs (5) Tampa Bay Lightning - 8:00 PM EDT

TV: VERSUS (joined in progress), NHLN, TSN, SUN, ROOT

Starting Goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) vs Dwayne Roloson (TB)

Enjoy the games. Just remember, actual Wing games are coming!