2012: Flyers light up Pens
Yes, it was only a well-regarded five-seed (Philadelphia) knocking off a No. 4 (Pittsburgh), but the Penguins were the consensus Stanley Cup favorite and how they lost was shocking. With a healthy Sidney Crosby, Hart Trophy candidated Evgeni Malkin, and an 18-4-1 stretch run, the Pens' defense and goaltending suddenly collapsed as they fell into an 0-3 hole by surrendering 20 goals to the relentless Flyers. After rallying to win Games 4 (with a 10-3 explosion) and 5 (by 3-2), Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was strafed for five goals in a 5-1 elimination loss.