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Highly specific history says Penguins are A-OK

Apr 12, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

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If you’re a Pittsburgh Penguins partisan, chances are you’re quite bummed out right now. The hated Philadelphia Flyers came back from a 3-0 deficit to win Game 1 by a 4-3 score in overtime, with villains such as Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere heavily involved. If you need a really specific stat to hang your hat on, how about this one from Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN Stats & Info:

According to Elias, the Flyers are just the third NHL team to come back from a three-goal deficit in a road Game 1 since 1985. The other two teams lost their series.

So, cheer up Penguins fans. This isn’t Keith Primeau scoring in five bajillionth overtime revisited. If (very specific) history repeats itself, Pittsburgh will shake this off and advance to the second round.

Hey, it’s better than nothing, right? Right?

  1. pens87 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    I love pointless stats, and this will just end up being another page for Pens and Flyer fans to fight on. Simple true is that the Pens mistakes cost them, and the Flyers were able to capitalize. Anyone who is blaming the ref’s is in denial and didn’t watch the game I did. We need to play tighter on defense and the offense will come. One things for sure, anyone who thought this was going to be a short series was dead wrong. This had 7 games written on it from the start.

    Now looking at it from a hockey fans perspective…nothing gets my heart racing like an OT playoff game. I think this was an excellent start to the series, and look forward to the excitement that follows.

    • illbringdabeers - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:09 AM

      Very well stated!

    • warpstonebc - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      So true. Everyone knows sports writers like to cherry pick selective stats (last 5 out 6, etc.), but PHT seems to do this fairly often.

      You’ll never hear mention of Fenwick or Corsi metrics here and if I wanted more “deep analysis” of meaningless stats I would read the pointless newspaper articles that regurgitate boxscores.

  2. mediatedviscera - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    we also came back from three games down to boston…what about that stat?

    • joshuakorr - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:19 AM

      seems irrelevant. besides, last time philly was 3-0 down to the Bruins they got spanked in game 4.

  3. ray2013 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    The only thing that annoyed me about this game was the fact that I couldn’t watch it. Boo to TSN and CBC.

  4. crusty14 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    I watched the game on tsn, you couldn’t ?

  5. lemieux00066 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Flyers also haven’t won a cup in over 36 years…what about that stat?

    • illbringdabeers - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      Is a franchise almost moving to Kansas City because hardcore fans like you wouldn’t show up to games OR buy team merchandise until after the team had the number 1 or 2 pick in the draft 4 years in a row count as a stat?

    • ml3939 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      You are also missing the fact that the franchise lost games intentionally to draft Lemeiux and avoid bankruptcy. They are a franchise built on a lack of integrity.

  6. ray2013 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    I checked TSN. Every time I looked it was just the hockey desk. Did I blow a chance to watch a good game crusty? Serves me right then.

  7. crusty14 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    You must have really bad timing! I watched the entire game on tsn. It was actually timed well for watching the press and wings during intermissions. It’s 2:10am right now and tsn2 is showing the game again, if you are so inclined!

  8. mclovinhockey - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    I watched the game on RDS… And it said TSN on it hahaha.
    Yeah the game was great. Can’t blame the refs at all. Yeah they screwed up, but both teams got 1 goal from the refs mistakes. If the game was called right it would be 3-2 not 4-3. Can’t complain.

    Pitt came out strong early, Philly called a timeout, Philly came out strong from then on.

  9. andyb02 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Well this is the 2nd time the Flyers have done it in 3 years so I’m not sure if they counted how many times each team has done it. When the Flyers beat the Bruins in game 7 they were losing 3-0 and then Peter “master of timeout” Laviolette talked to his guys and they came back to win. I’m sure the Flyers don’t want to have to comeback every game but if they do, they’re the best in the league at it.

  10. bleed4philly - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    Yeah, take solace in that… You’re gonna need it.

  11. ironcity6pak - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Not even worth commenting on this story. Only am because I’m bored at work. Very disappointing night and the Pens should be very concerned.

  12. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Haha Mr. O’Brien. You can never hide your bias. Wishful thinking makes one irrational. Enjoy.

  13. sgtr0c - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Pens D is soft. They didn’t sit on a lead, PP were like 4 to 1 in Pens favor, they are sloppy on defense. All the Flyers did was dump and chase, nothing special and it worked well. If, if the Pens find a way to beat the Flyers, if, they will not make it past anyone else who is in the playoffs, weak defense, just sayin…..

  14. ml3939 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    How about the fact that the Flyers have won 11 of the 13 series they have been in since 1995 after winning game 1. How does that bode for Pittsburgh? A pool of 13 seems to hold a little more water than a pool of 3. Nice slanted research trying to defend your site’s cup pick.

  15. skippyx - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Since 2007 Pittsburgh is 5-2 in series when they take game 1. ( 2-0 vs Flyers)
    They are 3-2 when they lose game 1.

    Since 2008 Philly is 2-0 in series when they take game 1.
    They are 4-4 when they lose game 1 (0-2 vs Pens)

    Since the lockout, teams that win game 1 are 60-30.

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