The Philadelphia Flyers joined a small group (1942 Maple Leafs, 1975 Islanders, 2004 Red Sox) in coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to eliminate the Boston Bruins. The Flyers trailed by 3 goals in Game 7 before forcing another comeback to take the series 4-3 and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. It was one of the most memorable comeback of all time. Here’s a look at some of the other great playoff comebacks since 2000.
2006 NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals – Phoenix vs Lakers
The Suns earned the number 2 seed in the West, and the Lakers were returning to the playoffs after having missed the previous postseason. The Phoenix Suns took Game 1 at home, but the Lakers stole the next 3 games to take a 3-1 lead. The Suns turned it on though, winning the next 3 games comfortably, including a 121-90 win in the deciding Game 7.
2004 American League Championship Series – Boston vs Yankees
The Red Sox hadn’t won a World Series since 1918, and things didn’t get off to a good start against the loaded New York Yankees. The Yankees raced to a 3-0 series lead, including winning Game 3 in Boston 19-8. The Red Sox fought back to win the next two games at home in extra innings in dramatic walk-off fashion. Curt Schilling pitched a gem in the Bronx to even the series in a game most remembered for his bloody sock. The reeling Yankees fell behind early in Game 7, and never recovered in losing the game 10-3. The Red Sox had beaten their nemesis, becoming the first MLB team to win a series after trailing 3-0. The Red Sox eventually ended their World Series drought as well.
2010 NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals – Philadelphia vs Boston
The Bruins won the first 2 games in exciting fashion at home, and took a commanding 3-0 lead with a 4-1 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers won Game 4 in overtime on a goal from star Simon Gagne, who was returning from injury. The Flyers dominated Game 5, but lost goalie Brian Boucher for the rest of the series with an injury. Michael Leighton stepped in and preserved the Game 5 shutout, and put out another great effort in a 2-1 Game 6 win. The Flyers looked dead in Boston when they fell behind 3-0 in the first period. But the scrappy team fought their way back, taking the lead on a Gagne goal in the 3rd period following a crucial penalty on Boston for having too many men on the ice. The Flyers epic comeback was complete with a 4-3 win in Boston.
2003 NFC Wild Card Game – San Francisco vs NY Giants
Playing in San Francisco, the Giants dominated early, leading 38-14 in the 3rd quarter. San Francisco scored a 3rd quarter touchdown to cut the score to 38-22. San Francisco scored another 17 points in the 4th while holding down the Giants, taking a 39-38 lead. The Giants had a chance to win the game with 6 seconds left, but the pass fell incomplete. There was a lot of controversy on the play, including a debateable call for an illegal man downfield, and a non-call on a pass interference that NFL officials admitted they missed the following day.
2007 AFC Championship Game – Indianapolis vs New England
The Patriots had not been known for losing in the playoffs under Bill Belichek and QB Tom Brady. The Colts meanwhile had numerous postseason flops, and people wondered if Peyton Manning would ever win the big one. So when the Patriots rushed out to a 21-3 lead, it seemed all but over. But Manning and the Colts wouldn’t quit, and they ran up 32 points in the 2nd half and held off the Patriots for a 38-34 win, going on to win the Super Bowl two weeks later.