The Greatest Stanley Cup Comebacks in History

The Montreal Canadians vs. the Boston Bruins, April 08, 1971

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Here are the all-time greatest comebacks in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Single Game

5 Goals: Los Angeles Kings, 1982
On April 10, 1982, the Los Angeles Kings trailed the Edmonton Oilers 5-0 before coming back to win 6-5 in overtime. The game became known as the "Miracle on Manchester." With the win, L.A. took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five division semifinal and went on to eliminate the heavily favored Oilers in five games.

4 Goals: San Jose Sharks, 2011
On April 19, 2011, Los Angeles built a 4-0 lead over San Jose before the Sharks began their comeback in the second period. San Jose won 6-5 in overtime, taking a 2-1 lead in the opening-round series.

4 Goals: Minnesota North Stars, 1985
On April 28, 1985, the Minnesota North Stars fell behind 4-0 before coming back to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime. Chicago won the next game to eliminate Minnesota in the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals.

4 Goals: Montreal Canadiens, 1971
On April 8, 1971, the Montreal Canadiens erased a four-goal deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 7-5. The win tied the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals at one game apiece, and Montreal eventually won the series in seven games.

In a Best-of-Seven Series

3 Games: Philadelphia Flyers, 2010
The Philadelphia Flyers began their second-round series against Boston with three losses and were one goal away from elimination in game four before winning 5-4 in overtime. After two more wins to tie the series, Philadelphia fell behind 3-0 in game seven but came back to clinch the series with a 4-3 victory.

3 Games: New York Islanders, 1975
After opening their Stanley Cup quarterfinal series with three losses to the Penguins, the Islanders put together a four-game winning streak, completing the comeback with a 1-0 victory in Pittsburgh.

3 Games: Toronto Maple Leafs, 1942
In what is still considered the NHL's greatest comeback, Toronto defeated Detroit in the Stanley Cup Final after losing the first three games by scores of 3-2, 4-2, and 5-2. The Maple Leafs' comeback began with a 4-3 victory in Detroit and continued with a pair of convincing wins of 9-3 and 3-0. A record crowd of more than 16,000 packed Maple Leaf Gardens to see Toronto take the Cup by beating Detroit 3-1 in game seven.