Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Failure On Figueroa: Sharks Complete Improbable 4-0 Comeback
Only four times in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has a team been down by four or more goals in a playoff game and comeback to win. Thanks to a 4-0 early 2nd period Kings lead followed in a few hours by a remarkable comeback and an overtime game-winner from Devin Setoguchi, the 2011 San Jose Sharks can say they are one of those four teams with their 6-5 overtime win tonight at Staples Center in what will surely go down as one of the greatest games in Stanley Cup Playoff history.
The other three 4-or-more goal comebacks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
1971: Habs beat the Bruins 7-5 after trailing by 4. The Bruins are on the bad side of this chronology. Imagine that.
1982: The Miracle On Manchester. This is the only 5-goal comeback in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's also the subject of one of this year's History Will Be Made commercials. The Oilers were up 5-0 after 2 periods. The Oilers lost that game 6-5. Ironically enough, the Los Angeles Kings won this game.
1985: Minnesota North Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 after trailing 4-0. The North Stars are the only team to have such a comeback in a game in a playoff series, and still lose the playoff series. The '71 Habs would go on to win the Stanley Cup. The 82 Kings got eliminated in the next round.
Congrats to the San Jose Sharks and their fans for what will surely be known as one of the greatest games in Stanley Cup Playoff history. If you think about how long the Stanley Cup Playoffs date back to, and then when you consider that a 4-goal comeback has only happened 4 times in that lengthy history, you know you have witnessed something special.