SuperFly! Philadelphia Completes Miraculous Comeback Against Boston, 4-3

Robert HoffmanCorrespondent IMay 14, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 14:  Kimmo Timonen #44 and Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates the win with goalie Michael Leighton #49 after defeated the Boston Bruins in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 14, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Flyers defeated the Bruins 4-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Well, it turns out that the Philadelphia Flyers are the team that you don't want to put down by three.  Down three games to none, the Flyers became just the fourth team in professional sports history to respond by wining the next four games in the playoffs as they finished the task with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden. They advance to face the Eastern Conference's other improbable finalist, the Montreal Canadiens, starting Sunday night in Philadelphia.

The game seven victory was just implausible as the Flyers uphill climb back into the series as Boston took a three goal first period lead on a power play goal by Michael Ryder at 5:27 of the first period and a pair of goals by Milan Lucic (one on a power play and one unassisted). 

Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk began the comeback with a goal that trickled into the net at 17:12 of the first period.  By the time Danny Briere's wraparound tied the game at 8:39 of the second period the momentum had clearly changed and the Bruins knew it according to the Flyers' Simon Gagne.

"I'm sure when it got to be 3-3, they got a little bit nervous," Gagne said.  "That's probably why they got too many men on the ice."

What Gagne was referring to was a penalty that ultimately proved to be Boston's undoing.  The Bruins were assessed a two minute bench penalty for too many men on the ice. 

Guess who made them pay? 18 seconds after the penalty, Gagne reeled in a loose puck off a Bruins skater and put it over the right shoulder of Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask.

"I knew that we tried to score (earlier) on the stick side so that's where I put it," Gagne said.

Next up for seventh-seed Flyers are the eighth-seeded Canadians who have shocked the hockey world by eliminating the top-seeded Washington Capitals and third-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers join the exclusive company of the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to survive three game deficits in the playoffs. 

The Maple Leafs' comeback over Detroit won the Stanley Cup.  After the Red Sox stunned the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, they went on sweep the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.  The Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins only to lose in the next round of the playoffs to the...Philadelphia Flyers.