Some might say it wouldn't be surprising at all.
Coming off emotional wins against Toronto, Carolina, and Buffalo, the Pens come back home tonight to host Tampa Bay in the first of a home-and-home series.
But unlike the last 3 games, the Lightning aren't the kind of team that the Pens would naturally get pumped up for.
Meaning, the Leafs came into town with their 3,000 fans or so and it created a great atmosphere.
The Canes are the defending Cup champs, and since the Pens played two of their worst games of the year previously against them, a spirited effort was not a surprise, in fact, one of their best games of the year.
And then on Friday night in Buffalo, against one of the best teams in the NHL, another great effort resulted another great win.
But Tampa Bay just isn't the sexy matchup for the Pens. And it's because of that that I believe we might unfortunately see a mediocre game from the good guys tonight.
Beating Tampa means stopping the Big 3 of Lecavalier, St. Louis, and Richards. Unfortunately, in recent games the Pens haven't done a good job at that, including the OT winner earlier this year.
Let's hope they keep their momentum going.
LET'S GO PENS !!!!