Meltzer’s Musings: Why Do Flyers Lose So Many 3rd Period Leads?

In the National Hockey League, it is virtually automatic for most teams to win when they lead after two periods. Including overtime and shootout losses resulting from blown third period leads, the League-wide average winning percentage is .862 over the last five years.

Meanwhile, the top teams in the NHL can sometimes go an entire regular season without losing a game they've led at the second

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