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Blown leads an early trend in the playoffs

May 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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It’s probably just one of those small-sample-size anomalies, but after 10 games of the 2013 NHL playoffs, there have been six games where teams have overcome deficits to win.

Three of them happened last night. Ottawa was down 2-1 before beating the Habs, 4-2; Washington was down 1-0 before beating the Rangers, 3-1; and St. Louis was down 1-0 before beating the Kings, 2-1.

Not to mention, the Ducks fought back to tie the Red Wings after trailing 4-1, only to lose in overtime.

In the first two days of the playoffs, Minnesota, Toronto, and Vancouver opened the scoring in their games but failed to win.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I’m probably being pedantic, but losing after leading 1-0 doesn’t strike me as a collapse.

    • Jason Brough - May 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      During the regular season, only two teams had a winning record when the opponent scored first.
      http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20132ALLSAAALL&sort=winPctOppScoreFirst&viewName=summary

      • tdrusher225 - May 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Still wouldn’t classify that as bad, I’d call that exciting. Nothing is worse than watching teams get a lead and then pack it in. I love watching games that go back and forth and where leads aren’t safe, that makes the game so much more fun to watch.

      • comeonnowguys - May 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Fair enough. That’s probably why I haven’t had a raise in my job as an anonymous commenter in a long, long time.

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