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May 14: Flyers complete rally from 3-0 hole, shock Bruins

Plus: Devils win finale at Boston Garden; Islanders end three-peat bid by Penguins

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Flyers conquer 3-0 hole

Memories: Flyers erase 3-0 series deficit vs. Bruins

On May 14, 2010, the Flyers complete the comeback, erasing a 3-0 series deficit to beat Boston in Game 7 of the Second Round

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2010: The Philadelphia Flyers become the third team in NHL history and the first in 35 years to win a playoff series after losing the first three games when Simon Gagne scores a power-play goal with 7:08 remaining in the third period for a a 4-3 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

After overcoming a 3-0 lead in the series, the Flyers have to rally again after allowing the first three goals in Game 7. The Bruins become the third team to lose a series after winning the first three games and the first since the Calgary Flames in 1991 to surrender a three-goal lead in Game 7. Milan Lucic scores twice in Boston's three-goal first period, but goals by James van Riemsdyk, Scott Hartnell and Daniel Briere before the midway point of the second period make it 3-3.

Gagne puts Philadelphia in front when he beats Tuukka Rask with the Bruins playing down a man after receiving a bench minor for too many men.

"After Game 1, and even after 3-0 tonight, we could have quit," Gagne says. "We just said, 'Let's put one in and you never know what happens.' We got a couple of goals to tie the game in the second, and after that the game was right there for both teams. Fortunately, they took a penalty and we were able to score on the power play."

The Flyers join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders as the only teams to win a series after trailing 3-0; the Los Angeles Kings join that group in 2014.



1977: The Montreal Canadiens end perhaps the most dominant season in NHL history when Jacques Lemaire scores his second goal of the game at 4:32 of overtime for a 2-1 victory against the Bruins at Boston Garden, completing a four-game sweep in the Final to win the Stanley Cup for the 20th time. Lemaire's goal ends a season when Montreal goes 72-11-12 (60-8, 12 ties) for an NHL-record 132 points in the regular season, 12-3 in the playoffs) and outscores its opponents 441-194.


1985: Paul Coffey sets a single-game playoff record for defensemen with six points in the Edmonton Oilers' 10-5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Campbell Conference Final at Northlands Coliseum. Coffey finishes the night with one goal and five assists. The goal and three of the assists come during a stretch of seven straight goals that blow the game open. Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri each score twice for the Oilers, who outshoot the Blackhawks 51-23.

Video: Memories: Coffey sets playoff game record for D-man


1993: The Pittsburgh Penguins' bid for a third straight Stanley Cup championship ends with a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the Patrick Division Final, stunning the sellout crowd at the Civic Arena. David Volek, a forward who enters the game without a goal in the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scores his second of the night at 5:46 of overtime for the win. The Islanders split the first six games of the series and lead 3-1 with less than four minutes to play in Game 7. However, Ron Francis scores at 16:13 and sets up the tying goal by Rick Tocchet with 60 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Penguins have the better chances in OT until the Islanders get a 2-on-1 break. Ray Ferraro sends a perfect pass to Volek, who beats Tom Barrasso for the win, putting New York into the Wales Conference Final. It's the Islanders' last playoff series victory until they defeat the Florida Panthers in six games in the 2016 Eastern Conference First Round.

Video: Memories: Isles eliminate Penguins on Volek's OT goal


1995: Bill Guerin helps the New Jersey Devils win the final game at Boston Garden, a series-clinching 3-2 victory against the Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Guerin, a Massachusetts native who stars at Boston College before coming to the NHL, scores New Jersey's first goal and sets up the game-winner by Valeri Zelepukin early in the third period. Bruins center Adam Oates is the last player to score a goal on Garden ice when he beats Martin Brodeur at 15:19 of the third period.

On the same night, the Penguins get five points (one goal, four assists) from Francis and defeat the Washington Capitals 6-5 at the Civic Arena in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The only goal Francis isn't involved in is the game-winner by Luc Robitaille at 4:30 of overtime.


2003: Jean-Sebastien Giguere ties a playoff record with his third consecutive shutout in a 4-0 win by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim against the visiting Minnesota Wild in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Giguere finishes with 35 saves and Paul Kariya scores twice in the second period for Anaheim. Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire makes some history of his own by becoming the first in NHL history to coach 100 Stanley Cup Playoff games after playing in at least 100 postseason games.


2008: Mike Modano becomes the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in Stanley Cup Playoff history when he scores a goal in the Dallas Stars' 3-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. The goal gives Modano 145 points, one more than Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios.


2011: Dwayne Roloson earns his eighth straight victory when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Boston 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden. Roloson, 41, equals Jacques Plante's record for consecutive wins in one playoff year by a goalie who's celebrated his 40th birthday.


2013: Jonathan Quick makes 35 saves and the Los Angeles Kings defeat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 at Staples Center in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Slava Voynov and Mike Richards score for the Kings, who open a playoff series at home for the first time since 1992.


2014: The Canadiens tie an NHL record by defeating the Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second round at TD Garden. It's the 14th Game 7 win for Montreal, matching the Detroit Red Wings. Carey Price makes 29 saves for the win.


2018: The Vegas Golden Knights get two goals by Jonathan Marchessault to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 at Bell MTS Place in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. Marc-Andre Fleury makes 30 saves for Vegas, which becomes the first team in NHL history to win nine playoff games in its inaugural season.

Video: Golden Knights even series with 3-1 win in Game 2


2019: Tuukka Rask makes 20 of his 35 saves in the first period and the Bruins move within one win of the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. Rask earns his sixth consecutive victory, the longest playoff winning streak by a Bruins goalie in 31 years. Boston takes a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Brad Marchand, playing in his 100th playoff game, scores the winning goal.

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