One year ago, Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was in this exact position. His Detroit Red Wings held a two-game lead over Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup finals. We know how that series turned out, with Sidney Crosby hoisting Pittsburgh's third Stanley Cup after Game 7.
"I don't like to go way in the past," Hossa said. "But in the same situation everybody knows how good things are right now, winning both games at home. It's really great for the confidence and really good for momentum."
This is Hossa's third trip to the Cup finals in 3 years, with three different teams. He is 0-for-2. And he knows how far tonight's Game 3 will go in determining if he will win his first Cup or watch as the Flyers snap a drought 35 years in the making.
"Right now, going into their building, it's going to be really important how we start out Game 3," Hossa said. "And that's going to be one of the most important games we play this year."
- Frank Seravalli