PITTSBURGH -- One word: Wow.
The Flyers, a.k.a. the Comeback Kids, overcame an early 3-0 deficit and stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in overtime on Wednesday.
Jakub Voracek scored the game-winner early in OT in the opener of the series.
This was such a gut-wrenching loss for Pittsburgh that one wonders if it can recover.
Considering Wednesday night’s outcome, who do you think will win Friday’s Game 2 of the Flyers-Penguins playoff series?
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The Flyers sent the game into OT on third-period goals by Danny Briere and Brayden Schenn, knotting the score at 3-3.
Briere scored two goals in his first game back from an injury.
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This is not a recording: The Flyers allowed the game's first goal.
And the second.
Sidney Crosby scored on a backhanded rebound as he was falling down tio the ice, giving Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead after just 3:43 on Wednesday in Game 1 of the playoffs.
It marked the 11th time in the last 13 games that the Flyers have surrendered the initial goal.
About four minutes later, Tyler Kennedy finished off a two on one and made it 2-0.
If you're scoring at home, the Flyers have fallen into a 2-0 hole in eight of the last 13 games.
So, another BRUTAL start for the Flyers, who have had Sean Couturier's line against Crosby and Evgeni Malkin's units in the early minutes.
It got even more brutal as Ilya Bryzgalov _ who was so brilliant in March _ allowed a goal with 36.9 seconds left in the first. Steve Sullivan threw a pass from behind the net, and it went off Bryzgalov's stick and pads before Pascal Dupuis knocked it out of the air and into the net.
That gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead, and the Flyers appeared headed to a lopsided loss.
Danny Briere, after taking a slick pass from Brayden Schenn, scored on a breakaway with 13:38 left in the second, cutting the deficit to 3-1. (Replays showed Briere was offsides when he took the pass, so the Flyers got a huge break.)
Still, the Flyers had a mountain to climb because of an ugly first period in which they were outshot, 13-6.
The defense, including Nick Grossmann, had their shaky moments early. Ditto Bryzgalov.
They regrouped nicely, putting together a comeback for the ages.
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Here are my picks in the NHL series:
Penguins over Flyers in 7. Too much Crosby.
Rangers over Senators in 5. Blueshirts barely break a sweat.
Bruins over Caps in 7. Tempted to pick an upset.
Devils over Panthers in 6. The seedings are a joke.
Canucks over Kings in 6. Luongo picks up his game.
Sharks over Blues in 6. Upset special.
Blackhawks over Coyotes in 7. Will be a classic.
Preds over Red Wings in 7. Nashville's D is the story.