No matter the result, Tuesday's Game 7 between the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks will be looked back on all summer with fond memories for one fan base and bitter ones for the other.
The Golden Knights enter the game excited to play on such a big stage but are doing what they can to treat the game like any other to avoid getting caught up in the hype.
"It will be a little bit tougher to get down for pregame nap, but we've done this a lot as players," said forward Cody Eakin. "You get your routine in and get ready for tonight."
Of course, Vegas' presence in Game 7 of this series is a result of its 2-1 loss in double overtime of Game 6 when a bounce in the other direction would have sent the Golden Knights through to the second round. That loss stung at the time, but forward Jonathan Marchessault said there was more good than bad to take from that game, save for the result.
"We played well last game, but we just didn't get that second goal," Marchessault said. "We've got to keep sticking to our program because we believe in our system. We're a great team because we work the hardest and we should get rewarded."
When asked what it would mean to him to score the potential game-winning goal in Game 7, Marchessault emphasized that, whether he scores or not, the game is all about the team and won't be won by one player.
"Everybody always dreams of playing in Game 7 of the playoffs," said Marchessault. "It will be a great challenge for our group and I just can't wait."
When the final horn sounds Tuesday night at SAP Center, Eakin said he believes his team will be the ones surrounding their goaltender with smiles knowing they've reached the second round. All that's left to do is win the game.
"Stay alive or go home," Eakin said. "It should be exciting and fun. As hockey players, this is what it's all about. We want to bring our game tonight and play our most complete game as a team. We want to be the ones still standing at the end."