It Takes 4 Games To Win A Series

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Flyers

“The fourth win is always the hardest one to get.”

When it comes to playoff hockey, (and really any sport that has a best of 7 playoff series for that matter), that phrase has been said by many people.

It has never been more true than in this years Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers jumped out to a 3-0 series lead, kicked off by a thrilling comeback win in Game 1, in which the Flyers battled back from a 3-0 defecit to win 4-3 in overtime.

And then Game 4 happened.

To say the least it was a beatdown and a half (a beatdown which saw the Flyers, despite scoring first, give up a record 10 goals in an embarassing 10-3 loss).

The Flyers now lead 3-1.

Game 5 also saw the Flyers score first, yet they were once again unable to hold a lead, and the Penguins went on to win by a score of 3-2. (Unbelievable goaltending by Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t help the Flyers either).

So now, while the Flyers are still ahead 3-2 in the series, the Penguins have quite a bit of momentum going into tomorrow afternoon’s Game 6.

I still think the Flyers will prevail. That being said, the Flyers need to play as if they are down 3-2 after being down 3-0. It is that sense of urgency that makes a team play all out, all the time, every shift.

If there is any team should know that a series is not over at 3-0, it’s the Flyers (who just 2 years ago became the third team in NHL history to come back from such a deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals).

Basically, the Flyers need to play like their season is on the line.

Because if they don’t win tomorrow afternoon, it will be.

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