Burning Question: Why has a 3-0 lead seemingly become more difficult to protect this postseason?
Breakdown: Once upon a time, when a team went ahead 3-0 in a playoff game, that playoff game was all but over. This spring, that hasn't been the case. The Penguins blew a 3-0 lead in Game 2 in the first round against Ottawa, but broke a 3-3 tie to win, 4-3. San Jose coughed up a 3-0 lead in the first round against Calgary and lost, 4-3. And the New York Rangers jumped to a 3-0 in Game 1 against the Penguins on Friday night, but were beaten, 5-4.
PuckSpeak: "We heard it on TV, that 3-0 after one period is the worst lead in hockey. But you know what• I wouldn't mind getting that lead the next game." -- Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis
Looking Ahead: One of the reasons the Penguins were able to get off the deck against the Rangers, according to captain Sidney Crosby, is that they adopted a shift-by-shift mentality. Having successfully navigated such a deficit, particularly by twice scoring a pair of goals in 20 or less seconds, should bolster their confidence in the event they find themselves in another such hole. And their inability to protect that 3-0 lead against Ottawa ought to serve as a reminder that it's never over until it's over. The shift-by-shift mentality can be effective in protecting leads as well as erasing them.
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