BOSTON -- The comeback, if there is to be one for the Pittsburgh Penguins, starts Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) at TD Garden in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.
The Penguins trail the Boston Bruins 3-0 in the best-of-7 series that determines who represents the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
The odds are extremely long -- three teams in the history of the NHL have done it -- and the work required will be arduous.
It can be done, though. In fact, the Philadelphia Flyers did it to the Bruins three years ago.
Boston has coughed up a 3-0 series lead in the recent past and almost blew a 3-1 lead in the first round this spring against the Toronto Maple Leafs. But the Penguins see little solace in that recent history.
"As far as numbers and odds and everything like that, every year is different," Pittsburgh wing Pascal Dupuis said. "If you ask them, they were up 3-0 a couple years ago, and they lost. So it's numbers, different players, everything is different about this one."
That means Pittsburgh will have to make its own history here in this Eastern Conference Final. If the Penguins do, they will join the hallowed company that has faced sport's longest odds and refused to blink. If they falter, they will start their summer earlier than anticipated.
Here, then, is a five-step plan for Pittsburgh to extend this series to Game 5 on home ice, which can be the team's only goal at this point: