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A Diamond or a Lump of Coal

History tells you one thing and one thing alone about Game Six - that the pressure was on both teams. For the Flames to win the Cup, and for the Lightning to force game 7...

Of course, some Lightning fans were in denial... Take a look at this clown...


If you were to tell me that the Lightning were under the most pressure to perform tonight, I would have to disagree with you.

-- John Fontana, Webmaster Boltsmag.com in a post titled Pressure Point

Ok, ok, so I was deluding myself. This was it -- this was the season right here.... Game Six, their house, the Cup was in the building. You had two sore and aching teams fighting things out. One for a chance at Lord Stanley's Cup and one for the right to live another day... To bring things home for a once-and-for-all battle in their house, with their fans stringing them along any way that they can.

And if you were a Lightning fan, no matter how confident you were, you had anxiety and anxiousness seeping through your gut. This is a Tampa Bay franchise after all, which means that close-but-not-quite was supposed to be in their resume along with boatloads of mediocrity in the past.

Yeah, doubt rang through our souls....

And thent he game went to overtime.... I'm trying to remember if I had any finger nails left by this point... Well, I said I didn't in the game thread...

I don't know... I could ramble on about the pressure being on and only pointing back to old threads. Ray Borque gets the impromtu assist for the Lightning lasting this game out, telling the Bolts in a phone call to hang in there and inspiring them...

But leading into it, there is no pressure like being on the brink... And no point trying to deny it.