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.
Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere scored in the second period to tie the game at 3, then Simon Gagne scored with just under 13 minutes gone in the third period to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead.
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.