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Flyers have never given up a 2-0 series lead

Apr 13, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes a shot in front of Zbynek Michalek #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes a shot in front of Zbynek Michalek #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Just how big is Friday’s game for the Pittsburgh Penguins? Well, if they lose, they’ll have to fight against history to advance past the first round.

The Philadelphia Flyers took a 1-0 series lead with their stunning 4-3 OT comeback win on Wednesday. They’ve shown all season is that they know how to dig themselves out of a hole. In recent history, Philadelphia has also shown that they are capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds in the playoffs. However, it hasn’t worked both ways.

The Philadelphia Flyers have never coughed up a 2-0 series lead. They have claimed a 2-0 lead in 17 series over their 44-year history and have advanced all 17 times. Maybe the Pittsburgh Penguins can be the team that breaks that trend, but we’re certain they would rather avoid that scenario entirely.

“It’s Game 1. It’s one win,” Max Talbot said. “It probably won’t mean much if we don’t win Game 2.”

That’s true, but it will mean a lot if the Flyers do win on Friday.

  1. philsbirdsflyers - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Stats based on previous years/teams/eras are as useful as mock drafts. GO FLYERS, but being up 2-0 to a team like Pitt is anything but safe.

    • writeit22 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      As we begin thisgreat game luck is with the Pens- Fleury is about to drive back flyers and magnificent Staal, Crosby, Dupris, Kunnitz, Kenedy, Malkin- its their big win tonight. Wait and see it unfold before your eyes. No goalee equal to Fleury.

  2. napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Huge game tonight – split here and then split in Philly. That’s gotta be the goal looking over the next three games.

    But most of all, we need to bring back the mentality to finish. Letting the Flyers off the hook in game 1 cannot happen again if this team wants to make a deep cup run.

  3. biasedhomer - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    If the Flyers win today, it’s pretty much over.

  4. mclovinhockey - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Good article. Although a 2-0 lead does mean a lot, like this writer said, this could always be the first time flyers drop it.

  5. GenoPringles - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Soupcan Army never quits ladies. Yinz bums can have a 3 game lead and the franchise will come back and defeat you. We are the superior team in all aspects of the game. You may have took game 1, but our dominance will soon be on display. The can will have his cup

    • punkrulz24 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Just like you “never quit” on that 3-0 lead in game 1 to lose in a horrible dramatic fashion? Coulda fooled me. By the way the bus company that takes you to school called. They want you to stop licking their windows.

  6. jwaz8 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    @ginopringles huh?

    Gonna bathe in Crysby tears again tonight! Go flyers!

  7. philsbirdsflyers - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    GenoPringles: the reason cousins don’t have sex.

  8. GenoPringles - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    My captain never cries, unlike that Ginger Fartsmell. Your entire city reacted like they win the cup after game 1. Guaranteed let down coming after that. Plus that Bryz wierdo drinks his own pee, and you idiots sign him for 5 years. Good thing Richards and Carter are not there, I might actually be afraid

    • ml3939 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      genopringles, your mom said it is time to come down for dinner. You can play on the computer after you finish your remedial homework. And Bryz was signed for 9 years. You may want to spend some extra time working on your arithmetic.

  9. clamnewton - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Geno Pringles and Jody Shelley are tied for playoff points. And that would be zero, point zero.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Pringles is a zero trying to be a one

  10. bracket5 - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Geno. Out of a hundred million sperm, how were you the fastest?

  11. flywingsuck - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    In the past 4 playoff series against the Pens the team that won game one went on to loose the series…Go Pens Jagr is a douchebag…

  12. bracket5 - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Hey flywing. It’s lose, not loose. Loser.

    • flywingsuck - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      braket5 — So I can’t spell, Jagr is still a douchebag! douchebag, douchebag, douchebag, douchebag, Jagr is a douchebag. douchebag

  13. bracket5 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I’d imagine there’s a lot you can’t do, if you’re a pens fan. Loser.

  14. bracket5 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Writeit, you obviously graduated top of your class, too. You spell worse than a 6 month old. If you cannot even spell the names of your players, don’t post. Go back to bed and when you want to speak intelligently, fire away.

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