The Penguins explode for 7 goals in game 4, giving them a 3-1 series lead
If you didn't watch last night's game, and have somehow made it through the day without hearing about it, here's the link to NHL.com's boxscore. Spoiler alert: it's not pretty if you're a Sens fan.
You know that feeling you get when your alarm goes off Monday morning after a long-weekend? Well that's what last night's game was for Senators fans: a rude awakening signalling troubling times ahead. Now down 3-1 in a best-of-seven series, the Senators are one loss away from hanging up their jerseys for the season, and one of them might be hanging it up for good.
It's hard to find the right words when talking about the admiration and respect the Senators' fans have for their captain. After last night's loss, I was quickly reminded that it may have been the last home game EVER for number 11 and quickly became sick to my stomach. That said, I'd like to sincerely thank everyone at Scotiabank Place who stuck around until the very end regardless of the final score. Like our captain, you showed great class by sticking it out.
As if watching these games hasn't been difficult and heart wrenching enough as is, now they're in a do-or-die situation and I'll be making sure a defibrillator is within arms reach while watching game five. Bottom line is: they need to win. Win it for themselves; win it for the city; but most importantly, win it for Alfie. Regardless of his post-game comments, we all know Alfredsson will play hard on Friday and do everything in his power to win the game —as he has done in every game he's ever played.
I guess the main message here is that lowering your expectations won't stop you from being disappointed if they lose. So expect the best-case-scenario; expect them to win, and cheer them on. Being a true fan means being able to support your team no matter how bleak and improbable a victory may seem (see Leafs fans for the last decade).
All we can do is:
The Sens are down, but they're not out.