Stanley Cup Comebacks

The Greatest Comebacks in Stanley Cup Playoff History.

The Flyers celebrate their historic Stanley Cup comeback against Boston in 2010.
The Flyers celebrate their historic Stanley Cup comeback against Boston in 2010. Elsa/Getty Images

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

Single-Game Stanley Cup Comebacks:

  • 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 game.
  • 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 Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series.
  • 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 quarterfinal series at one game apiece, and Montreal eventually won the series in seven games.

Greatest Stanley Cup Comebacks 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 streak, completing the comeback with a 1-0 win 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 Leaf comeback began with a 4-3 victory in Detroit, and continued with a pair of convincing wins: 9-3 and 3-0. A record crowd of over 16,000 packed Maple Leaf Gardens to see Toronto take the Cup by beating Detroit 3-1 in game seven.
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    Fitzpatrick, Jamie. "Stanley Cup Comebacks." ThoughtCo, Apr. 16, 2015, Fitzpatrick, Jamie. (2015, April 16). Stanley Cup Comebacks. Retrieved from Fitzpatrick, Jamie. "Stanley Cup Comebacks." ThoughtCo. (accessed October 23, 2017).