Game 1 is but the start

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save on Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Game 1 is important, but let's look at what's happened to the Pittsburgh Penguins after game one's in the Sidney Crosby era.

2007 First round, Ottawa Senators Game 1: 3-6 loss (at Ottawa) Game 2: 4-3 win Series result: Sens win 4 games to 1.

2008 First round, Ottawa Senators Game 1: 4-0 win (in Pittsburgh) Game 2: 5-2 win Series result: Pens win 4 games to 0. Second round, New York Rangers Game 1: 5-4 win (in Pittsburgh) Game 2: 2-0 win Series result: Pens win 4 games to 1 EC Finals, Philadelphia Flyers Game 1: 4-2 win (in Pittsburgh) Game 2: 4-2 win Series result: Pens win 4 games to 1 SC Finals, Detroit Red Wings Game 1: 0-4 loss (in Detroit) Game 2: 0-3 loss Series result: Red Wings win 4 games to 2 2009 First round, Philadelphia Flyers Game 1: 4-1 win (in Pittsburgh) Game 2: 3-2 win Series result: Pens win 4 games to 2. Second round, Washington Capitals Game 1: 2-3 loss (in Washington) Game 2: 3-4 loss Series result: Pens win 4 games to 3 EC Finals, Carolina Hurricanes Game 1: 3-2 win (in Pittsburgh) Game 2: 7-4 win Series result: Pens win 4 games to 0 SC Finals, Detroit Red Wings Game 1: 1-3 loss (in Detroit) Game 2: 1-3 loss Series result: Penguins win 4 games to 3 2010 First round, Ottawa Senators Game 1: 4-5 loss (in Pittsburgh) Game 2: 2-1 win Series result: Pens win 4 games to 2. Second round, Montreal Canadiens Game 1: 6-3 win (in Pittsburgh) Game 2: 1-3 loss Series result: Canadiens win 4 games to 3 2011 First round, Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1: 3-0 win(in Pittsburgh) Game 2: 1-5 loss Series result: Lightning win 4 games to 3. The point? There's been all sorts of wins after losses, losses after wins and then the series result can be independent of all of that.



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