Boston Bruins Up 3-0: Time To Relive The Greatest Choke In NHL History


The Bruins took a 3-0 series lead over the New York Rangers Tuesday night, pushing their series to the brink.

Rangers look like they are done, after all, how many teams have ever blown a 3-0 lead in NHL Playoffs History?

Well, for one, the Bruins.

Flash back to 2010.  Only 2 of 162 teams down 0-3 in history had ever come back to overcome the deficit and win the series: The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders.

On May 14, 2010, another was added to the list.

The Philadelphia Flyers, down 3-0 in the series, forced and won the Game 7, erasing yet another type of 3-0 lead, this one in the do or die game.

With just over 7 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, Flyers winger Simon Gagne flipped a puck over Tuukka Rask, scoring a power play goal, the 4th and game winning tally.

And so, of 19 playoff series the Bruins have taken 3-0 leads in, there is that one which did not go as planned.

Rask, in goal again for the Bruins for the 174th attempt at an NHL playoff sweep, will have to excise his demons.

If that was not enough, yet another bad piece of history for the Bruins came from their ECHL affiliate Reading Royals that same year.  After setting their own 3-0 lead on the Cincinnati Cyclones, the affiliate blew the series, losing 4 straight games.

Already in these playoffs, the Bruins were on a path for elimination, blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Leafs before completing an overtime, 3-goal comeback in Game 7.

Will this series be easier for them, or is this just the start for Henrik Lundqvist and the struggling Blueshirts?  History says it may not be over yet.


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