Flyers Become Third NHL Team to Win a Playoff Series After Trailing 3-0

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.

Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere then added goals in the second period for Philadelphia to tie the game at 3-3.

The Flyers open their seven-game series at Montreal tomorrow, when the Blackhawks also visit the Sharks.

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