Fans in Detroit were hoping for a 3-0 series comeback in the conference semifinals this past week. They got one---just in the wrong series.
The Philadelphia Flyers joined the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders as the only teams in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit, defeating the Boston Bruins 4-3 last night in Game 7.
Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 7---just like they did in the series---in the game's first 14 minutes behind two goals from Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder. But Boston was unable to hold onto the lead in the game---just like they were unable to hold the lead in the series.
The conference finals are now officially set with a wild Eastern Conference show on tap. Eighth seeded Montreal, who ousted defending champ Pittsburgh on Wednesday, will duel the seventh-seeded Flyers starting on Sunday in Philadelphia (on Versus, 7pm). In the West, top-seeded San Jose, who defeated the two time West champion Red Wings, will host second-seeded Chicago in the day game, 3pm on NBC.
The Flyers comeback is just the third of a kind in NHL history and fourth overall in the three North American professional leagues that use a best-of-seven format. Ironically, the Boston Red Sox are the only non-NHL team to complete the feat, doing so against the New York Yankees in 2004.