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Penguins, Lightning fans facing tough decisions

Faithful followers finding creative ways to follow game, celebrate big moments

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

A life-altering occasion is no reason to miss a Stanley Cup Playoff game.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins will play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Friday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), and some fans are finding creative ways to watch, or at least show their support, even with huge events like graduations and proms happening at the same time.

This has become such a dilemma in western Pennsylvania that the Penguins posted this video of people who have donned their Pens gear at proms and graduations thus far.

Tweet from @penguins: What happens when the #Pens play during graduation or prom? Take a look at Pens Trends for the proper response.https://t.co/5dkc3IqMzZ

In response, this Penguins fan announced she'd be wearing a jersey over her prom dress.

Tweet from @allisonn_lauren: @penguins game 1 is prom for me... definitely wearing my jersey��

When your brother graduates you should be there to support him. But you can still rock your favorite team's colors.

Tweet from @dudeamanda: When your brothers graduation is the same day as the @penguins ���� #priorities pic.twitter.com/4stGHcDUaw

A Canada-based Penguins fan is struggling with choosing between his graduation and Game 1.

Tweet from @donovan_warren1: Graduation or @penguins game? Decisions... #playoffs

This Lightning fan walked in his graduate school ceremony Friday and found a way to support his favorite hockey team at the same time.

Tweet from @ajbragg04: Today I graduated from Samford with my Masters, but more importantly the @TBLightning play in ECF #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/hTMZaIfJyD

Some fans have been inclined to do this to their graduation cap to show support.

Tweet from @Bea_Hero: Reppin my boys as I walk at graduation today!! @TBLightning #ClassOf2016 #GoBolts ������������ pic.twitter.com/vQ1fF7kimk

If fans of the Lightning or Penguins need help for how to juggle both, they can follow the guidance of this San Jose Sharks fan, who found the perfect solution during her May 7 prom.

Tweet from @MaddieGer: Set up the NHL app to keep me updated on the Sharks game during prom tonight ��

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