has participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 12 of the 19 seasons he's played in the NHL, and although he's never been part of a team that came back from a 3-0 series deficit to win, as the Chicago Blackhawks
will bid to accomplish in Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks
on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, RDS), his Carolina Hurricanes
wouldn't have won the Stanley Cup in 2006 without an impressive rally of their own right off the bat.
After setting franchise records with 52 wins and 112 points during the regular season, Weight and the second-seeded Hurricanes lost their first two playoff games on home ice to the Montreal Canadiens
. They trailed 1-0 in Game 3 in Montreal heading to the third period but went on to win in overtime and beat the Canadiens in six games. Series wins over New Jersey, Buffalo and Edmonton followed on the championship run.
"That 2-0 (deficit) was tough, it was tough to swallow," Weight told NHL.com during a stop through the League's Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday. "As good as we were and as much as we felt like we had ahead of us, a long run, to go down two in your own building was very depleting. But in hindsight, it had a lot to do with what we were able to achieve.
"And what you have in the playoffs is, when people get past rounds and get past those adverse conditions, they learn how to get by it and when you succeed coming out of that, it makes you that much tougher in the next round, and so forth. And I think that's what makes the Finals the best in the world -- you have two teams that have gotten through three series that have had roller-coaster rides, ups and downs, injuries, elimination games, and they've fought through those and they both learn how to win, and that's what our team did."