2012 PLAYOFFS: The 2000 Pens/Flyers series

 
One of the more underrated and sickening playoff defeats the Penguins have ever experienced was the 2000 series against the Flyers. If a Penguins fan is ever on the show "Intervention," they will be talking about how great their life was and then the producer will ask what was the catalyst to their downward spiral in life. The Penguin fan will take a deep breath, stare into the camera, and say, "Andy Delmore."
 
We love to torture ourselves, so we are taking everyone along for the ride as we attempt to relive all 6 games of that 2000 playoffs series.
 
Join us after the jump…
 
 
This series was at the infancy stages of the Internet. But we found this CNN.com page.
 

GAME 1

 
Coming off a 4-1 series win against the Caps, the Pens were flying high. But they hadn't won in Philly in 16 games.
 
Despite being outshot 28-14, Pittsburgh won in Philadelphia for the first time since a 3-0 victory at The Spectrum on February 13, 1994. In that game, current Penguins owner Mario Lemieux scored two goals. The Flyers began playing in the First Union Center in the 1996-97 season. Including three game in the 1997 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the Flyers had won 16 straight home meetings with the Penguins.
"It's huge. Everybody knew we hadn't won in 16 games," Jagr said. "That's pretty tough. Everything has to end sometimes.
I'm glad it ended this year."
The Penguins had not won a playoff game in Philadelphia since April 21, 1989, when Jagr was 17 and playing in Czechoslovakia
 
Ron Tugnutt was outside of his mind. The box score:
How was this defense even functional?
 

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GAME 2

We'll never forget this game. One of the bigger wins of all time. Vintage Double J and two emotional goals from Bobby Lang.
 
From the recap:
"I feel great," Tugnutt said. "I just go out and have nothing to worry about. I throw the equipment on and go out and play. My mind is strictly on what we're doing here and I have nothing else to think about."
"It's getting frustrating," admitted Flyers left wing John LeClair. "We put up a lot of shots but not a lot of rebounds. They seem to find their guy in front of the net and maybe there's a bit of holding in there. But we have to make sure we fight through it. We have the guys that can do it. We have to find those rebounds."
 
Man. John Leclair was really jammed up.
 
Rare video from this game:

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Richardson was such a dick.

Box score:

A secret lies with Andy Delmore's +1.

 

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GAME 3

What a game this was. The Flyers finally solved Tugnutt, and the mysterious Andy Delmore rose to fame.

From the recap:

"The game-winner was one of the happiest moments of my life," said Delmore, who does not appear in the Flyers regular-season media guide. "I was just trying to get up ice. Jones gave me a shovel pass and I was lucky to get it from my backhand to my forehand."

What a horrible moment in time this was. Keith Jones with the primary, too.

Double J was on another level. He sent the game to OT with this move:

 

Reason #1 why Flyer fans are the dumbest: This is the only video of the Andy Delmore game-winner on the Internet:

my christ.

Box score:

Delmore had 7 shots. What a performance by Jan Hrdina.

 

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GAME 4

We are numb to this. It has been shown so many times that we don't even care. Still brutal, though.

From the recap:

The goal snapped an 87-minute, 14-second scoring drought in a game that began at 7:40 p.m. EDT and ended more than seven hours later with several fans asleep in their seats.
"I couldn't go for more than 25 seconds," Primeau said. "For that length of time, I felt great."
At 152:01, the game ranks third to a pair of six-overtime playoff contests in the 1930s.
"It's the most exciting event I've ever been involved with in hockey," said Flyers defenseman Chris Therien.
The game was 12:46 longer than Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory over Washington in the 1996 conference quarterfinals, the fourth-longest NHL game.
"If anything, it's a great feeling to win it," Flyers right wing Keith Jones said. "I lost in Washington against Pittsburgh in four overtimes. That loss demoralized us. It will be interesting to see what happens."
Rookie Brian Boucher stopped 57 shots for the Flyers, who began the day with news that star center Eric Lindros suffered another head injury in a scrimmage.
Philadelphia returns home for Game Five in the best-of-seven series on Sunday. The home team has lost each game.
"The sun's going to shine tomorrow," Penguins right wing Matthew Barnaby said. "You see your family, you want to get over it, get ready for Sunday."
 

Great note about Lindross in that. WTF. Keith Jones was everywhere.

No box score was posted because the scorer probably passed out. We remember someone hitting the post. Believe it was Kovalev.

Watch it:

 

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GAME 5

The Pens had no chance in this game. Everyone knew it.

From the recap:

Andy Delmore became the first rookie defenseman to record a playoff hat trick in the post-expansion era as the Philadelphia Flyers followed up an epic five-overtime win with a 6-3 victory over the Penguins, who played most of the game without superstar Jaromir Jagr.

Andy Delmore scored three goals. Seriously. Double J was hurt too. Pens were all but finished. There is no worse feeling than knowing a series is over before it officially is.

Box score:

Mark Recchi in your mouth.

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GAME 6

Pens had a much better effort in this game. Bob Boughner got things going with one of the bigger all-time hits:

But it wasn't enough. John Leclair and Mark Reechi were too much. They both scored. Johnny Vermont with the GW

From the recap:

"It's going to hit you later. Right now, you're too tired," said Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr, who played despite a pulled leg muscle. "Every time I started, I felt the pain. We had a chance, we're not perfect. Maybe we thought it was going to be easy. It's never going to be easy. We had chances to be up 3-0 or 3-1."

Man.

Box score:

Terrible series for Kovy. Huge no-show.

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