The Montreal Canadiens got it all wrong.
They saw the riot that ensued after their improbable triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins and you couldn't fault any of the players in blue, red and white if they started to believe in their own hype.
Clearly, it's shown in the first two games of the Eastern Conference final.
The Habs have made a concerted effort to outplay and out-chance the Philadelphia Flyers, even limiting the workload for goalie Jaroslav Halak in the hopes he didn't have to play God every game.
But that strategy hasn't worked.
In the topsy-turvy logic that is playoff hockey, the Canadiens seemed to perform better when they were dominated and Halak was forced to work for the win.
Someone should tell the Canadiens to view the tapes of their series against Washington and Pittsburgh when they were outplayed for most of those series and Halak was forced to stand on his head. That worked very well for them.
Someone might also want to tell them all of this rather quickly because the way things look, with Philadelphia up 2-0 in this Eastern Conference final, the Habs could be out by Sunday.
Philly heads into enemy territory with a comfortable lead and Montreal is entering new territory here.
While this marks the second time this playoff season that Montreal has trailed an opponent by two games, it is the first time they will take the ice at the Bell Centre on Thursday having lost twice on the road.
Here is the kicker: The Flyers are 16-0 when they have a 2-0 series lead, and they clearly have Montreal's number. The two wins in Philadelphia extended their playoff winning streak over the Canadiens to six games.
Another example of how well things are going for the Flyers has been seen on the scoreboard: They have scored 13 unanswered goals against Boston and Montreal.
The Habs are 0-for-8 on the power play and the Flyers have scored four goals on 10 power plays.
Michael Leighton has become the story of the series. Here's a guy who has played in as many American Hockey League cities as he's played in the NHL -- five, including Montreal.
What's he done?
Not since the 1952 Stanley Cup final have the Canadiens been blanked in two consecutive playoff road games and it's been 27 years since a team registered back-to-back shutouts against Montreal.
Leighton is the second goalie in Flyers history to register back-to-back playoff shutouts. The first was Hall of Famer Bernie Parent, who did it against Toronto in 1975, and the Flyers won the Stanley Cup that season.
The loss in Game 2 has to sting particularly bad for Montreal as they won 56 percent of the face-offs that game and outshot the Flyers 30-23. All of that, though, doesn't do any good if you can't score.
They should revert to what got them to where they are. Get out-hit, get out-chanced and make Halak earn the win, because what they've done in the first two games hasn't worked.