In the NHL story, 190 teams have dragged in a playoff series of three games to none. Four of these teams gathered to win the series.
To quote Jim Carrey: "So you tell me there's a chance."
As this is what the penguins face, here's how the four comebacks happened:
1942 – Toronto beats Detroit in the Stanley Cup final.
This marked the first time a team had returned from a three-game deficit and remains the only time it happened in a Stanley Cup final.
The Red Wings won not only the first three games of the series, but led the game 4 2-0 and then 3-2 in the third period before Maple Leafs won 4-3 in the OT. The leaves then turned the tables decisively and won 9-3, 3-0 and 3-1
Sweeney Schriner led the magazines (and series) in five goals, including two in Game 7. Syl Apps (father of future Penguin Syl Jr.) had seven points for Toronto. Apps Post-Game 7 Quotes: "By jiminy!" Toronto Defenseman Bob Goldham credited a hairpin and the chicken's wish list he had carried around for good luck.
The presence of Game 7 was further added to the game's story: 16,218 appeared at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, a record for a hockey audience in Canada.
Detroit Coach Jack Adams did not participate in the last three games of the series: He was suspended indefinitely to engage ref Mel Harwood in a fist fight at the end of Game 4. The prize for NHL's best coach was still named
1975 – The New York Islands beat the penguins in a quarter-final series. Islanders turnaround was triggered when Coach Al Arbor brought goaltender Billy Smith after losing the first three games. Smith continued to win four Stanley Cups from 1980-83 as Islanders No.1 goalkeeper. But Glenn "Chico" Resch continued to win the next four games, which allowed only four goals and represented a huge .969 save percent.
The first six games of the series produced on average over six goals per game. But Game 7 in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena produced only one goal, a backhand tally of Islander's captain Ed Westfall with 5:18 back in regulation.
Westfall's four goals were a series high for Islanders. Bob "battleship" Kelly and Lowell MacDonald each net four times to Pittsburgh. The Apps family was at the wrong end of this comeback, though Syl Jr. posted a goal and two helps. Pierre Larouche had a goal and four assisted and hit the record in game 7.
Apps and Jean Pronovost drilled the first period shot from Resch's mask. Said Resch, "The two best saves I made were with my head."
The Icelanders lost to any champion Philadelphia in the semi-finals and forced a game 7 after again to fall behind three games to none.
2010 – Philadelphia beats Boston in a quarter-final series.
Three-nothing was not a friendly margin to the Bruins. Not only did they lead the series, three games to none, they led the game 7 with a 3-0 score.
But Flyers would not surrender, winning the decisive contest 4-3 on Simon Gagnee's third term goal. The Gagne Series winner came with Boston and played shorthanded because of too many men's punishment – a well-known bugaboo in Bruins postseason lore.
Gagne also networked in OT to win Game 4 with Bruins on the brink to complete a series of sweeps. He missed the first three games with a broken foot.
"[Gagne’s] got a gift and that gift helps us win hockey games," said airline Peter Laviolette. "And he does it under the harshest circumstances."
Daniel Briere led Flyers in goal by five and bowed to the series with Boston's Milan Lucic. Backup netmine Michael Leighton won the last two games for Flyers while he was commissioned to start Brian Boucher, who was injured in Game 5.
Flyers reached the Stanley Cup final before losing to Chicago in seven games.
2014 – Los Angeles beats San Jose in a first round series.
San Jose humiliated the kings at the start of the series and beat them 6-3 and 7-2 before I knocked out a 4-3 OT victory in Game 3. But the kings enough crossed the remaining games, never winning with less than three and took Game 7 with a 5-1 count.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick was the difference maker who allowed two goals during the last three competitions. Center Anze Kopitar exploded for four goals and six helper series, while playoff reliable Justin Williams also scored four times.
"Fortunately, we had our game started, it wasn't too late," Williams said. "Four in a row. We make a note not to do it again."
Said San Jose's Logan Couture, "Every year you lose is pretty low, but this is a kind of series that will tear your heart out. It hurts. It becomes a long summer think of this and what we get away. "
The kings continued to win the next two series in seven games before beating the New York Rangers in five games to win the Stanley Cup Final.
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