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Monday, May 20, 2013, 6:51 p.m.

OTTAWA — History is now against the Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Their loss to the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on Sunday night marked only the second time in NHL history that a club has failed to protect a last-minute lead in Game 3 of a best-of-seven series it led, 2-0.

The other time was April 15, 1977, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

In Game 3 of a Stanley Cup quarterfinal series that year, host Toronto lost a last-minute lead to Philadelphia, which went on to win in overtime. The Maple Leafs lost the next three games of that series, including Game 4 at home in overtime.

The Penguins are 5-8 in playoff series when they have lost the first game that went to overtime.

— Rob Rossi

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