So maybe this has nothing to do with Pittsburgh sports, but we all collectively hate Philadelphia, so it indirectly does. Boston managed to blow a 3-0 lead in both the series and game 7 to send Philadelphia to play Montreal in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Hands up if you thought the first SIX seeds in the East would be out before the conference final.
Here are the highlights from last night's game:
In actual Pittsburgh sports news. the Pirates broke their losing streak in Chicago yesterday, beating the Cubs 10-6. Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen went off with five hits apiece, with Jones hitting the eventual game-winning 3-run homer. Pirates are still struggling to close on on .500.
For the last time at Mellon Arena, the Penguins cleared out their lockers today, some of them to meet a very uncertain fate. Reportedly, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar will report to Germany to play for Russia in the World Championships. Sidney Crosby declined the invitation to join team Canada. Given that the Penguins have played over 300 games in the past 3 years, a rest is well-deserved.
Ben Roethlisberger has completed his behavioral evaluation, and could rejoin the Steelers sooner than originally thought. The thought around Pittsburgh circles is that Tomlin will have his decision on who will replace Ben Roethlisberger for the first 4-6 games by training camp, and that the smart money would be on Dennis Dixon to start.
Let's go Montreal. We wouldn't root for the Flyers if they were playing Al-Qaeda.