Here’s the bad news. Teams trailing 3-1 have won 23 of 240 series in history (9.6 percent). Here’s the good news: Twenty-one of those have happened since 1987, including twice last year. And the Capitals did it to the Rangers in 2009, and had it done to them by Montreal in 2010, and have been involved in six (2-4) of those 23 comebacks.
Year Series Result in Games
1942 F TOR – 4 DET – 3
1975 QF NYI – 4 PIT – 3
1987 DSF NYI – 4 WSH – 3
1987 DF DET – 4 TOR – 3
1988 DSF WSH – 4 PHI – 3
1989 DSF LA – 4 EDM – 3
1990 DSF EDM – 4 WPG – 3
1991 DSF STL – 4 DET – 3
1992 DSF DET – 4 MIN – 3
1992 DSF VAN – 4 WPG – 3
1992 DSF PIT – 4 WSH – 3
1994 CQF VAN – 4 CGY – 3
1995 CQF PIT – 4 WSH – 3
1998 CQF EDM – 4 COL – 3
1999 CQF STL – 4 PHX – 3
2000 CF NJ – 4 PHI – 3
2003 CQF MIN – 4 COL – 3
2003 CQF VAN – 4 STL – 3
2003 CSF MIN – 4 VAN – 3
2004 CQF MTL – 4 BOS – 3
2009 CQF WSH – 4 NYR – 3
2010 CQF MTL – 4 WSH – 3
2010 CF PHI – 4 BOS – 3
1) I can’t change my Rangers in 6 pick at this point, but I will say that I absolutely give them every chance in the world of winning Game 5 and getting it back to MSG. I don’t know or think that will be enough. But I will be the least-surprised person here if there’s a game on Monday.
2) It looked to me that the Capitals just said, “We’re going back to the way we used to play” after the second period, and why not. Down 3-0, most teams would, even those with a lot less firepower. And I thought, despite the three goals, the Rangers weren’t completely out-classed. But I did think they turned away from finishing a few checks that they’d been finishing for the first two periods, and the three periods on Sunday, and the third period in Game 2. And, in the end, it sure wasn’t the biggest Capitals stars who did in the Rangers.
3) Wow. I thought McDonagh and Sauer were so, so, so good in this game. What a shame that McDonagh’s turnover ended up in the game-changing goal. And, really, most times you get away with that turnover because you have guys back.
4) Fedotenko=Monster. Again. Chimera=Beast. Again.
5) Brian Boyle had the hat trick. Ended up barrelling into the net/goalie three times. Only got two penalties, though.
6) I wonder, if that Carlson shot doesn’t tick off of Johansson’s shirt or arm, if it doesn’t end up in Lundqvist’s glove and we’re all talking today about a 2-2 series.
7) Thanks to Bruce Boudreau, and that second-period explosion, the Garden was as good as I’ve seen/heard it in years. I think it could have been even louder if they didn’t give out those dumb towels that stop people from clapping their hands.
8) Speaking of which, how lame is it that teams still do that White Out thing even though the home team doesn’t wear white anymore? And has a White Out team ever won the Cup?
9) I left my house debating whether to take the train or drive into NYC. I looked at the schedule and saw the last train at 1:53 a.m. and thought, well, they’d have to go three OTs to threaten that, and well, the Rangers haven’t played a three-OT game in my career, not since the Pete Stemkowski game in 1971, I think it was. So what are the chances? And I took the train. And I must admit, I was freaking out a little bit in the second OT.
10) Speaking of freaking, the bathroom lines were unbelievably bad at the World’s Most Under-renovation Arena. People were seriously, um, better watch what word I use here … ticked.
11) How about the two refs stopping a pair of Rangers rushes with body checks? And they sure stopped calling any kind of stick/hook/trip penalties late in the game and through OT, only calling the two “no choice” penalties for delay of game and too many men. The Backstrom cross-check/boarding on Staal was called all year long, night after night, and wasn’t called this time. I also don’t like to make excuses or blame refs — and you know I’m not a conspiracy theorist — but I think the penalty on Avery was two minutes for being Avery, because I didn’t think it was much of a slash.
12) I thought there were a couple of guys on the Rangers who weren’t even as engaged as hard as Steve Eminger or Martin Biron were in this game. You can guess their names.
13) Boudreau admitted after the game that he shouldn’t have said what he said about the Garden. I also thought he messed up one time when the Rangers fourth line was stuck on the ice after an icing and a long shift, completely gassed, and he didn’t counter with the Ovechkin line. He did the Rangers a favor there.
14) This is exactly what I was talking about the other day, how we judge a game, how some of you guys deal with mood swings, and how you feel about players and the team and the coach, based on a fluke goal. Because, as I said earlier, and as I said after Game 3, if the Rangers get the goal in OT, the whole bryzgalov thing looks 180 degrees different, doesn’t it. At 2-2, you guys are thinking parade. Or at least, “who’s next?” Right?
15) Now who was that idiot barking about how momentum from one game has nothing to do with the next in a playoff series?
AP Photo/Kathy Willens, above.
Stats, above, from “Total Stanley Cup.”