[Listen to our Game 3 recap podcast here. And look for more posts over the next few days as we continue to take the temperature of Pens Nation]
Welcome, everyone, to great
meltdowns in Penguins history. Many will point to Game 3 of the
Penguins-Flyers 2012 playoff series as undoubtedly the single most epic
meltdown in team history, if not all of Pittsburgh sports history. It's
hard to disagree.
This game had all the elements of a colossal
implosion: the Asham crosscheck to the throat followed by a punch to the
head of his defenseless victim, all in response to a clean hit; Sidney
Crosby starting in with Claude Giroux; Kris Letang getting himself
thrown out of the game in the first period; Marc-Andre Fleury giving up a
goal every 43 seconds; Dan Bylsma paralyzed by the debacle unfolding in
front of him. There really is no end to this list. And there is really
nothing that matches this game as a whole, at least in my memory, ever.
let us not forget our ancestors. See two of the best meltdowns in Pens history after the jump...
Sidney Crosby is not the first Pens
captain to completely lose his composure in a first round playoff game
against a hated rival.
Mario Lemieux got himself thrown out of this game in April 1996. Does this make April Penguins Meltdown History Month?
who can forget the time referee Kerry Fraser said something to Lemieux
while the Pens' current owner was minding his own business in the
On days like these, it helps to remember a few things. First, just because you melt down once, it doesn't mean it's permanent. Think of it like the recycling process. Second, Sidney Crosby is great, but when it comes to losing his composure, he could learn a thing or two from the owner. And third, Kerry Fraser was an asshole.