In the history of the NHL, 190 teams concluded a series of playoffs of three games left. Four of the teams rallied to win the series.
To quote Jim Carrey: "So you tell me that there is a chance."
Due to the face of the Penguins, here's how the four comebacks have occurred:
1942 – Toronto is scared of Detroit at the Final Stanley Cup.
This marks the first time a team returns from a three-game deficit, and remains the only time it has taken place at a Final Stanley Cup.
Red Wings not only won the first three games of the series, but led Game 4 2-0, and then by 3-2 in the third period before the Maple Leafs won 4-3 in the OT . The Leaf replaced the tables, winning 9-3, 3-0 and 3-1
Sweeney Schriner led the Leafs (and series) to five goals, including two in Game 7. Syl The Apps (father of future Penguin Syl Jr.) had seven points for Toronto. Game Game Post 7 quotes: "By jiminy!" Toronto defender Bob Goldham credits a hairpin and wishbone of the chicken he has brought around for luck.
Attendance for Game 7 is further added to game history: 16,218 appear in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, a record for a hockey crowd in Canada.
Detroit Coach Jack Adams did not participate in the final three games of the series: He was suspended indefinitely for the ref ref Har Harwood in a fistfight at the end of Game 4. The award for NHL's best coach was however named
1975 – The New York Islanders have earned the Penguins in a quarterfinal series.
The Islander uprising has been sparked when Coach Al Arbor dumped a goaltender Billy Smith after losing the first three games. Smith continued to win four Stanley Cups from 1980-83 as Islanders No.1 player. But Glenn "Chico" Resch continued to win in the next four games, allowing only four goals and posting a huge .969 save percentage.
The first six games of the series make an average of more than six goals each. But Game 7 at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena made only one goal, a backhand tally by Islanders captain Ed Westfall with 5:18 remaining in regulation.
The four goals of Westfall are a series of highs for the Islanders. Bob "Battleship" Kelly and Lowell MacDonald are listed four times for Pittsburgh. Apps families are at the wrong end of this return, though Syl Jr posted a goal and two assists. Pierre Larouche has a goal and four assists, and hit the post on Game 7.
Apps and Jean Pronovost drilled Resch's first-time shot of the mask. Resch said, "The two best saves I made were in my head."
The Islanders have lost at last Philadelphia champions in semifinals, forcing Game 7 then again falling behind three games to nothing.
2010 – Philadelphia fires in Boston in a quarterfinal series.
Three-point in the Bruins. Not only did they lead the series, three games left, they led Game 7 with a 3-0 score.
But the Flyers did not give up, winning the 4-3 win in the third period of Simon Gagne's goal. The series-winner of Gagne came with Boston playing shorthanded because of too much men's penalty – a very familiar blow to Bruins postseason lore.
Gagne also netted in the OT to win Game 4 at the Bruins on the verge of completing a sweep series. He lost the first three games with a broken foot.
"[Gagne’s] has succeeded and this help helps us win hockey games," said Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette. "And he does it under the hardest situation."
Daniel Briere led the Flyers with goals with five tying for the lead series at Boston's Milan Lucic. Backup netminder Michael Leighton has won the last two games for the Flyers as starter Brian Boucher, who was injured in Game 5.
Flyers got to the Final Stanley Cup before losing to Chicago in seven games.
2014 – Los Angeles won the San Jose in a series of first round.
San Jose embarrassed the Kings at the start of the series, beat them 6-3 and 7-2 before placing a 4-3 OT victory in Game 3. But the Kings were a bit- cruised to outstanding games, never winning by less than three and getting Game 7 by 5-1 count.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick is the difference-maker, allowing two goals in the last three tournaments. The Center Anze Kopitar has exploded for four goals and six assists in the series, while the playoff dependent Justin Williams has also earned four times.
"It was good, for us, we had a game at the time not too late," Williams said. "Four in the row. We'll be able to take a note not to do it again."
Logan Couture of San Jose said, "Every year gone by is pretty low, but this one is a kind of series that will take away your heart. It's been a bit of a summer thinking about this one and what we left off. "
The Kings continued to win the next two series in seven games before the New York Rangers arouse five games to win the Final Stanley Cup.
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