The Pittsburgh Penguins never stopped thinking they might beat the Philadelphia Flyers.
Not once the Flyers won the very first three games of the Eastern Conference quarter-final series. Not once the Flyers leaped to a fast lead in Game 4. Not really within the waning moments of Game 6, when an unlikely comeback died inside a remarkably one-on the sides 5-1 loss.
The Penguins started the 2010 nfl playoffs thinking of getting another Stanley Cup title in 4 years. Your way ended before it barely started.
Last year, the Penguins had excuses once they fell to Polk Bay in seven games within the opening round. Stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin lost. Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson performed the number of his existence. Pittsburgh was worn lower after grinding for several weeks without their two celebrities within the selection.
Not this time around. Pittsburgh began the 2010 nfl playoffs at full strength simply to get outplayed and - a whole lot worse - outclassed through the Flyers.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was erratic, the special teams were abysmal and also the resolve Pittsburgh demonstrated while winning 51 games throughout the growing season went missing for lengthy stretches.
“We put inside us quite a large hole,” Crosby stated after Sunday’s loss. “We virtually needed to play perfect hockey to obtain in the series and did an excellent job until today. . . . Just, whenever you place yourself three-zero, it’s pretty difficult to get in.”
Pittsburgh never could. There is a reason only three teams in publish-season history have rose from 3- deficits to win a set. It’s difficult to win four straight games throughout the standard season, a smaller amount upon your arch-rival within the 2010 nfl playoffs.
Because the Flyers celebrated on Sunday mid-day, the Penguins filed gradually towards the dressing room to ponder another spring that ended way too early.