-- The Washington Capitals
host the Philadelphia Flyers
in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-final tonight (7 p.m., ET, VERSUS, TSN), kicking off an exciting doubleheader to conclude the first round of the postseason. At 10 p.m., ET, the San Jose Sharks
host the Calgary Flames
in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarter-final (VERSUS, CBC, RIS, NHL Radio).
The Capitals are attempting to successfully overcome a 3-1 series deficit for the second time in franchise history and the first since 1988, when Dale Hunter
's overtime goal gave Washington a 5-4 victory over the Flyers in Game 7 of the Patrick Division Semifinal.
Teams have trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series a total of 226 times and have come back to win the series on 20 occasions.
CAREER GAME 7 PLAYER AND GOALTENDER STATS
Washington Head Coach
Philadelphia Head Coach
WASHINGTON, PHILADELPHIA FRANCHISE RECORDS IN GAME 7
Washington Capitals (1-4)
4/18/87, Patrick Division SF vs. NY Islanders (NYI 3 at WSH 2, 4OT)
4/16/88, Patrick Division SF vs. Philadelphia (PHI 4 at WSH 5, OT)
4/30/88, Patrick Division Final vs. New Jersey (N.J. 3 at WSH 2)
5/1/92, Patrick Division SF vs. Pittsburgh (PIT 3 at WSH 1)
5/18/95, Eastern Conference QF vs. Pittsburgh (WSH 0 at PIT 3)
Philadelphia Flyers (6-6)
4/18/68, Quarter-final vs. St. Louis (STL 3 at PHI 1)
5/5/74, Semifinal vs. NY Rangers (NYR 3 at PHI 4)
5/13/75, Semifinal vs. NY Islanders (NYI 1 at PHI 4)
4/25/76, Quarter-final vs. Toronto (TOR 3 at PHI 7)
4/26/81, Quarter-final vs. Calgary (CGY 4 at PHI 1)
5/2/87, Patrick Division Final vs. NY Islanders (NYI 1 at PHI 5)
5/31/87, Stanley Cup Final vs. Edmonton (PHI 1 at EDM 3)
4/16/88, Patrick Division SF vs. Washington (PHI 4 at WSH 5, OT)
4/29/89, Patrick Division Final vs. Pittsburgh (PHI 4 at PIT 1)
5/26/00, Eastern Conference Final vs. New Jersey (N.J. 2 at PHI 1)
4/22/03, Eastern Conference QF vs. Toronto (TOR 1 at PHI 6)
5/22/04, Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay (PHI 1 at T.B. 2)
* Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 121 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 77 (64%).
* Of the 121 series in League playoff history that have gone to seven games, 29 have been decided in overtime. In the last such contest, the Flames defeated the Vancouver Canucks
3-2 on a goal by Martin Gelinas
at 1:25 to claim the Western Conference Quarter-final on April 19, 2004. Home teams have posted a 15-14 record in the 29 games, although road clubs are 10-4 since 1990.