The Philadelphia Flyers became the third National Hockey League team in history and the first in 35 years to rally from a three-game deficit to win a playoff series.
The Flyers ousted the Boston Bruins with a 4-3 win last night in Game 7 and will face the Montreal Canadiens for a place in the Stanley Cup finals. The series winner will play the Chicago Blackhawks or San Jose Sharks.
The only other teams to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series were the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 and the 1975 New York Islanders.
“We understood when it was 3-0 in the series if we were going to go down, we were going to go down swinging,” Flyers captain Mike Richards said in an on-ice televised interview.
Simon Gagne scored the decisive power-play goal 12 minutes, 52 seconds into the final period at TD Garden in Boston last night for the Flyers, who trailed 3-0 in the first period of the game.
Michael Ryder opened the scoring and Milan Lucic added two goals five minutes apart to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead before James van Riemsdyk made it 3-1 with about two minutes left in the first period.
The Flyers open their seven-game series at Montreal tomorrow, when the Blackhawks also visit the Sharks.