What a way to kick off the 2012 NHL Playoffs.
The Philadelphia Flyers looked like dead ducks after falling behind 3-0 to cross-state rival Pittsburgh after only one period.
That’s when the Flyers decided to wake up.
A goal in the second and two more in the third knotted the game up at 3-3, and the first game of the second season was sent to overtime.
Enter Jakub Voracek.
With barely two minutes eclipsed in the extra frame, the 22-year-old took advantage of a lazy Pittsburgh defense to retrieve a rebound deflected off the goalie and bury the game-winning goal into the back of the net.
Flyers win, 4-3.
The crowd at CONSOL Energy Center was in complete shock as the visiting team convened in the middle of the ice for a much-deserved celebration. You could hear a pin drop in the stands.
Not only did the Flyers steal home-ice advantage away from Pittsburgh after only one game, they did so in the most gut-punching way possible.
Overtime would not have been possible without the heroics of Danny Briere in regulation. He registered a goal in both the second and third periods while Brayden Schenn evened up the score at three on a power-play goal with under eight minutes remaining in the game.
In an extremely even Nos. 4-5 seeded matchup, a dramatic twist like this may spell doom for the Penguins. They’ll have to quickly re-group in time for Friday’s Game 2, back at the CONSOL Energy Center.
After Game 1, all of the pressure rests on the Penguins' shoulders.