The Pittsburgh Penguins have never lost Game 7 in a playoff series on the road.
They’ll begin to find out Sunday at 7 p.m. if they’ll be able to keep that streak alive.
That’s when they will face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the deciding game of their opening-round series, which is tied, 3-3, after New York’s 5-3 victory at PPG Paints Arena Friday night.
The Penguins won the series-opener at the Garden on Evgeni Malkin’s goal in triple-overtime, but the Rangers rebounded to take Games 2 and 5 there.
The Penguins’ 6-0 mark in Games 7 when they’re the visitors includes a 2-0 victory at Washington May 10, 2017, when the Penguins were en route to the franchise’s most recent championship.
Their other wins in Games 7 on the road came in Washington (1992), New Jersey (1999), Buffalo (2001), Washington (2009) and Detroit (2009).
The last of those, which was preserved by a Marc-Andre Fleury save as time expired, gave the Penguins their third Stanley Cup.
The Rangers, who were down, 3-1, in this series, rallied from a similar deficit to advance in 2014, but Game 7 that season was played at PPG Paints Arena.
Contrary to their success on the road, the Penguins are just 4-7 in Games 7 at home.