The Philadelphia Flyers rallied from a three-game deficit to beat the Boston Bruins in seven games and reach the National Hockey League Eastern Conference final against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Flyers, who defeated the Bruins 4-3 last night in Game 7 of their semifinal series, host Montreal tomorrow in the first game of their series. In the Western Conference final, the Chicago Blackhawks travel to San Jose, California, tomorrow to play the Sharks.
At TD Garden in Boston last night, Simon Gagne scored the decisive power-play goal 12 minutes, 52 seconds into the final period for the Flyers, who were down 3-0 in the first period of the game.
“I think 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.
Michael Ryder scored a goal in the first period and Milan Lucic added two tallies five minutes apart to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
James van Riemsdyk narrowed the Bruins’ lead to 3-1 with just over two minutes left in the first period, then Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere added a goal each in the second period to tie the game at 3-3.
The Flyers are the third team in NHL history to come back from a three-game deficit to win a playoff series, joining the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders.