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History will be made on VERSUS, TSN, RDS
History will be made at TD Garden in Boston Friday night when the Philadelphia Flyers look to become the third team in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup Playoff series after trailing by three games.

The stakes are huge for the Flyers and Bruins with a place in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens awaiting.

VERSUS will broadcast the game in the United States and TSN and RDS will telecast the game in Canada. The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET.

The Flyers will attempt to join select company in the comeback department. Only two teams have rebounded from an 0-3 deficit to win a series. The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame an 0-3 deficit to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in the 1942 Stanley Cup Final and the New York Islanders did the same against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 1975 quarter-final series.

Such a comeback is a rarity in the NHL -- the two successful clubs represent just 1.2 percent of the 161 clubs that have attempted it -- as well as in the other major professional sports leagues. Just one club in the history of Major League Baseball has done it, the Boston Red Sox in 2004 against the New York Yankees, and no club in the National Basketball Association has accomplished the feat.

The Bruins, meanwhile, are in quest of their first berth in the Conference Finals since 1992. They will take to the TD Garden ice exactly one year after hosting Carolina in Game 7 of their 2009 Conference Semifinal series, won by the Hurricanes on an overtime goal by Scott Walker.

Overall, 132 playoff series have gone to seven games since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939. The home team has won 80 (.606), although road clubs are 3-0 in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 8-4 since 2008.


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