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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs proving no lead is safe

Postseason has seen teams come back from down multiple goals to win 14 times

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are proving once again that no lead is safe.

The Anaheim Ducks' 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday was their fourth after trailing by two or more goals and the 14th playoff game this season when a team has rallied from down multiple goals to win. That is one short of the playoff record of 15 that was set in 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Here's a look back at the 14 multigoal comeback wins:

 

May 14, Game 2, Western Conference Final

Anaheim Ducks 5, Nashville Predators 3

The Ducks fall behind 2-0 when Predators forward James Neal scores at 8:32 of the first period in Anaheim but rally to tie it 3-3 with goals from defenseman Sami Vatanen and forwards Jakob Silfverberg and Ondrej Kase.

Forward Nick Ritchie's game-winner at 17:07 of the second helps the Ducks even the best-of-7 series 1-1.

Video: NSH@ANA, Gm2: Ritchie rifles shot in off Rinne's mask

 

May 6, Game 5, Eastern Conference Second Round

Ottawa Senators 5, New York Rangers 4 (OT)

The Senators allow two goals in first 5:13 of the game in Ottawa but roar back to score the next three, including two in 33 seconds from forwards Mike Hoffman and Tom Pyatt, to take a 3-2 lead.

New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward Jimmy Vesey each score, with Vesey's first NHL playoff goal giving the Rangers a 4-3 lead, but Senators center Derick Brassard ties the game at 18:34 of the third. Center Kyle Turris scores at 6:28 of overtime to lift Ottawa to a 3-2 series lead.

Video: NYR@OTT, Gm5: Turris goes five-hole for OT win

 

May 5, Game 5, Western Conference Second Round

Anaheim Ducks 4, Edmonton Oilers 3 (2OT)

The Ducks rally to win after trailing by multiple goals for the second straight game, this time scoring three goals in the final 3:16 of the third period to force overtime at Honda Center.

Trailing 3-0 and with goalie John Gibson on the bench for an extra attacker, center Ryan Getzlaf and defenseman Cam Fowler each score to cut the Oilers lead to 3-2. The Ducks then tie the game on forward Rickard Rakell's goal with 15 seconds left.

Forward Corey Perry caps the comeback when he takes a pass from Getzlaf and dekes around goalie Cam Talbot to score at 6:57 of the second overtime. The Ducks become the first team in NHL playoff history to win after trailing by three goals with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Perry, Ducks stage rally for 2OT win

 

May 3, Game 4, Western Conference Second Round

Anaheim Ducks 4, Edmonton Oilers 3 (OT)

The Ducks even the best-of-7 series 2-2 after rallying from down two goals in Edmonton. After the Oilers built a 2-0 lead on goals by forwards Milan Lucic and Connor McDavid, the Ducks score three second-period goals, two by Getzlaf, to take a 3-2 lead.

Edmonton forward Drake Caggiula forces overtime with the game-tying goal at 18:18 of the third, but Silfverberg wins it when he takes a pass from Getzlaf and beats Talbot 45 seconds into overtime.

Video: ANA@EDM, Gm4: Silfverberg one-times OT winner

 

April 29, Game 2, Eastern Conference Second Round

Ottawa Senators 6, New York Rangers 5 (OT)

The Senators trail 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 before forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau scores twice in the final 3:19 of the third period, including completing a hat trick with a redirection of a Turris shot to tie the game 5-5 at 18:58.

Pageau saves his final act for the second overtime, scoring his fourth goal at 2:54 to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: NYR@OTT, Gm2: Pageau nets four, wins game in 2OT

 

April 21, Game 5, Eastern Conference First Round

Boston Bruins 3, Ottawa Senators 2 (2OT)

Hoping to avoid elimination, the Bruins fall behind 2-0 early in the second period in Ottawa but pull even on goals by forwards David Pastrnak and Sean Kuraly, the latter scoring the first of his NHL career.

The game stays tied into the second overtime, but Kuraly strikes again at 10:19 to give the Bruins the win and force Game 6 in Boston.

Video: BOS@OTT, Gm5: Kuraly buries game-winner in 2OT

 

April 20, Game 5, Western Conference First Round

Edmonton Oilers 4, San Jose Sharks 3 (OT)

San Jose builds a 3-1 lead on defenseman David Schlemko's goal at 8:38 of the second period at Rogers Place. But after Oilers center Mark Letestu cuts the lead to 3-2 with a goal late in the second, defenseman Oscar Klefbom ties it 3-3 with 2:46 left in the third.

Oilers forward David Desharnais, who set up Klefbom's tying goal, scores at 18:15 of overtime when he takes a pass from forward Leon Draisaitl and beats goalie Martin Jones to give the Oilers a 3-2 series lead.

Video: SJS@EDM, Gm5: Desharnais strikes for OT win

 

April 17, Game 3, Western Conference First Round

Anaheim Ducks 5, Calgary Flames 4 (OT)

After losing the first two games in Anaheim, the Flames use power-play goals by forwards Sean Monahan, Kris Versteeg and Sam Bennett to build a 4-1 lead midway through the second period in Calgary.

Defenseman Shea Theodore starts the Ducks rally when he scores with 48.2 seconds left in the second. After forward Nate Thompson cuts the lead to 3-2 midway through the third, Theodore ties the game on a wrist shot from the point at 15:39.

Perry caps the improbable comeback when his shot from a sharp angle deflects into the net off Flames defenseman Michael Stone. The Ducks earn the first win in their history when down by three goals in a playoff game.

Video: ANA@CGY, Gm3: Perry beats Elliott to win game in OT

 

April 17, Game 3, Western Conference First Round

Nashville Predators 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)

After winning the first two games in Chicago, the Predators rally in their first 2017 postseason game in Nashville to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Forwards Dennis Rasmussen and Patrick Kane each score in the second period to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead entering the third. But Predators forward Filip Forsberg scores twice to tie it and force overtime, and forward Kevin Fiala's goal at 16:44, when he takes a pass from Neal, goes around goalie Corey Crawford and scores on his backhand, completes the comeback.

Video: CHI@NSH, Gm3: Fiala beats Crawford for OT winner

 

April 17, Game 3, Eastern Conference First Round

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Washington Capitals 3 (OT)

The Maple Leafs take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series with an impressive comeback win in Toronto.

Forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin each score for the Capitals in the first 4:49, and they lead 3-1 after forward Evgeny Kuznetsov's goal at 5:39 of the second. But the Maple Leafs rally with two goals late in the period, with forward William Nylander tying the game at 19:20.

With Toronto on the power play in overtime, forward Tyler Bozak redirects Nazem Kadri's shot past goalie Braden Holtby, giving the Maple Leafs their first home playoff win in nearly four years.

Video: WSH@TOR, Gm3: Bozak scores OT winner on power play

 

April 16, Game 3, Eastern Conference First Round

Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (OT)

In their first playoff game in Columbus in almost three years, the Blue Jackets score 11 seconds into the game on a goal by forward Cam Atkinson and build a 3-1 lead after the first period. But the Penguins score three straight, with forwards Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin getting goals in the second, to tie the game. Forward Jake Guentzel's second goal of the game at 11:48 of the third gives the Penguins a 4-3 lead.

Columbus forces overtime on center Brandon Dubinsky's goal at 15:11 of the third, but Guentzel finishes his hat trick by taking a pass from center Sidney Crosby and beating goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for his second straight game-winning goal, giving Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: PIT@CBJ, Gm3: Guentzel nets hat trick, OT winner

 

April 15, Game 2, Eastern Conference First Round

Ottawa Senators 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT)

After winning Game 1 at Canadian Tire Centre, the Bruins build a 3-1 lead in Game 2 on goals from forwards Drew Stafford, Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron.

But the Senators rally in the third with goals by defenseman Chris Wideman and Brassard to force overtime. Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf's seeing-eye shot from the point beats goalie Tuukka Rask at 1:59 to tie the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Video: BOS@OTT, Gm2: Phaneuf drills home the OT winner

 

April 13, Game 1, Eastern Conference First Round

Washington Capitals 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (OT)

The Capitals fall behind 2-0 in the first period of Game 1 at Verizon Center after the Maple Leafs get goals from forward Mitchell Marner and defenseman Jake Gardiner, but Washington rallies to tie the game on two goals from forward Justin Williams.

Forward Tom Wilson becomes the overtime hero when he scores from a sharp angle to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: TOR@WSH, Gm1: Wilson snipes short side for OT win

 

April 12, Game 1, Western Conference First Round

San Jose Sharks 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 (OT)

In their first playoff game in nearly 11 years, the Oilers come out flying and get goals from Klefbom and Lucic in the first period at Rogers Place.

But the Sharks, the defending Western Conference champions, rally to force overtime on goals from forward Joel Ward and defenseman Paul Martin. Forward Melker Karlsson wins it after beating Talbot on a shot from the left circle to give San Jose a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: SJS@EDM, Gm1: Karlsson snaps home OT winner

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