History in the Penguins’ favor

The Penguins are heading back to the paint can with a tied 1-1 series against the Washington Capitals. This following the Pens winning game one, 3-2 and the Capitals winning game two, 4-1. Game two was full of confusion and questionable calls. But there is no need to be concerned yet if you’re the Penguins.

The Pens were able to win a game on the road without Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin in the lineup at all. That’s two players who have significant roles both on 5 vs 5 play and on special teams.

Both players are practicing and it seems promising that both will play very soon. But other then these players returning what’s the big deal about winning that game 1?

Well throughout NHL playoff history the team that wins game one in the series goes onto win the series 68% of the time. This is a huge number and should bring confidence to this team. They are a resilient group that knows how to bounce back from losses and battle through adversity during a game.

Even in game one, the team was down 2-0 with 17:30 left in the game and fought back to win. In game two the team was down 3-1 going into the third and should’ve made it 3-2 if the referees didn’t miss the ‘goal that wasn’t’ by Patric Hornqvist. If the game becomes 3-2, maybe the Pens win and come back home up two games to none over the Caps.

But the main reason to feel optimistic is because the series is tied 1-1 heading back to Pittsburgh for games 3 and 4. The Penguins were dominant all year at home and can carry that into this series.

If the Penguins take games 3 and 4 at home then no one will remember that this series was ever tied. Remember the last series against the Flyers was tied at one before the Penguins took over the series.

Enjoy this series as it will be full of fun hockey to watch. And if anything the Penguins should be optimistic as they’ve been here before and know how to win in these situations.

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