NEW YORK -- While he sees it as a great event and agrees that there is nothing quite like it in sports, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault believes the best way to approach Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) is to not overdramatize it or give it any preferential treatment.
"This is just one of many games," Vigneault said.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper respectfully disagrees.
"I don't think it's just another game," Cooper said. "This is Game 7. You win this game and you're going to go play for the Stanley Cup. So I'm not going to sit here and hide this from our guys saying, 'Oh, fellas, this is one of 103 or 104 or whatever we're playing.'
"I don't want to hide behind the clichés of it's just another game. This is an unreal game to be a part of."
It would be an unreal feeling if they can win it. Vigneault, for as tempered as he is with his emotions, can't deny that.
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