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On this date in Penguins history: they allowed 8 goals for the second game in a row

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The Penguins allowed eight goals in a playoff game, not once, but twice within 3 days

Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four

Flash back again to the spring of 2012.

Penguins vs. Flyers.

The Battle of Pennsylvania.

The Penguins had fallen into a 2-0 series hole after blowing a 3-goal lead in Game 1 of the series and managing to turn several leads in Game 2 into a 3rd period in which they allowed four goals and lost 8-5.

The series shifted to Philadelphia and the Wells Fargo Center, where the Penguins were hoping to just provide a spark to get themselves back in the series.

That.....didn’t happen.

Again, they started the game on the right note, scoring the first goal, but the good things pretty much ended there.

Yet another shorthanded goal allowed in the first period, the Flyers getting out to a lead but the Penguins continued battling back until things really went off the rails.

Arron Asham found himself suspended for a viciously brutal hit on Brayden Schenn. Craig Adams also found himself for suspended when he lost his mind at the end of the game. James Neal found himself suspended as well after charging Claude Giroux. Everyone gets a suspension! Dan Bylsma even got fined as the result of Adams’ suspension. He probably should have been fired the second the clock expired to end the game, but that’s neither here nor there.

Ultimately, what was a 4-3 hockey game midway through the second period of play again turned into a disaster because of the Penguins inabilities to keep themselves composed.

Kris Letang got thrown out of the game for coming below the dots and tried shh-ing the crowd. That didn't work.

I’m no expert but it seems like giving up eight goals in back to back playoff games is a bad strategy! The Flyers would go on to to win the series in six games after the Penguins scored 10 goals in Game 4 and held the door to win Game 5.

But with that said, I felt it was worth looking back on these games to have a laugh. After all, the Philadelphia Flyers haven’t won a playoff series since this one ended, and the Penguins went on to win 12 playoff series and back-to-back Stanley Cups in the same timeframe.

The next memory we highlight will be a positive one.