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Appreciate teams that go the extra game

Updated: April 19, 2004, 3:04 PM ET
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

You hear it so often that it comes off as cliche -- Stanley Cup playoff seventh games as the absolute zenith of human endeavor and entertainment.

Then you watch the Games 6s that make the Game 7s possible, and you realize you've been aiming low.

The pure adrenalized desperation that marks Game 7s, you know about. Twenty-one such series in the past five years, 24 when you count the two tonight and the one tomorrow. And rarely do those seventh games stink -- one goal's worth of difference, ...

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