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NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Teams that Have Come Back From Down 2-0

The Boston Bruins Came Back After Being Down 2-0 To The Vancouver Canucks To Win The 2011 Stanley Cup

The Boston Bruins Came Back After Being Down 2-0 To The Vancouver Canucks To Win The 2011 Stanley Cup

Never mind coming back from being down 3-0 in any postseason series. It’s practically as impossible to come back and win the title after being down 2-0, at least where the Stanley Cup Finals are concerned.

Believe it or not, it has happened only five times in NHL history. Now that was fewer than expected, for sure.

And it’s bad news for New York Rangers fans, who find their team in just such a predicament against the Los Angeles Kings.

It’s arguably even worse news for Detroit Red Wings fans. Their team has been the victim three times.

The 1941-42* Toronto Maple Leafs were down 3-0. They are the only North American sports team to overcome that deficit to win a title. They lost the first two at home, too, as did the 1965-66 Montreal Canadiens.

1. 1941-42* Toronto Maple Leafs Detroit Red Wings 4-3
2. 1965-66 Montreal Canadiens Detroit Red Wings 4-2
3. 1970-71 Montreal Canadiens Chicago Black Hawks 4-3
4. 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins Detroit Red Wings 4-3
5. 2010-11 Boston Bruins Vancouver Canucks 4-3


NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Every Team’s Cup-Winning Scorer

Mike Bossy Had Back-To-Back Stanley Cup Winning Goals In 1982 And 1983

Mike Bossy Had Back-To-Back Stanley Cup Winning Goals In 1982 And 1983


Anaheim Ducks 2007 Travis Moen
Boston Bruins 2011 Patrice Bergeron
1972 Bobby Orr
1970 Bobby Orr
1941 Bobby Bauer
1939 Roy Conacher
1929 Bill Carson
Calgary Flames 1989 Doug Gilmour
Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Frantisek Kaberle
Chicago Black Hawks 2013 Dave Bolland
1961 Ab McDonald
1938 Carl Voss
1934 Mush March
2010 Patrick Kane
Colorado Avalanche 2001 Alex Tanguay
1996 Uwe Krupp
Dallas Stars 1999 Brett Hull
Detroit Red Wings 2008 Henrik Zetterberg
2002 Brendan Shanahan
1998 Martin Lapointe
1997 Darren McCarty
1955 Gordie Howe
1954 Tony Leswick
1952 Metro Prystai
1950 Pete Babando
1943 Joe Carveth
1937 Marty Barry
1936 Pete Kelly
Edmonton Oilers 1990 Craig Simpson
1988 Wayne Gretzky
1987 Jari Kurri
1985 Paul Coffey
1984 Ken Linseman
Los Angeles Kings 2012 Jeff Carter
Montreal Canadiens 1993 Kirk Muller
1986 Bobby Smith
1979 Yvon Lambert
1978 Mario Tremblay
1977 Jacques Lemaire
1976 Guy Lafleur
1973 Yvan Cournoyer
1971 Henri Richard
1969 John Ferguson
1968 J.C. Tremblay
1966 Henri Richard
1965 Jean Beliveau
1960 Jean Beliveau
1959 Marcel Bonin
1958 Bernie Geoffrion
1957 Dickie Moore
1956 Maurice Richard
1953 Elmer Lach
1946 Toe Blake
1944 Toe Blake
1931 Johnny Gagnon
1930 Howie Morenz
1925 Howie Morenz
1924 Billy Boucher
1919 Newsy Lalonde
Montreal Maroons (DEF) 1935 Baldy Northcott
1926 Nels Stewart
New Jersey Devils 2003 Mike Rupp
2000 Jason Arnott
1995 Neal Broten
New York Islanders 1983 Mike Bossy
1982 Mike Bossy
1981 Wayne Merrick
1980 Bob Nystrom
New York Rangers 1994 Mark Messier
1940 Bryan Hextall
1933 Bill Cook
1928 Frank Boucher
Ottawa Senators (DEF) 1927 Cy Denneny
1923 Cy Denneny
1921 Jack Darragh
Philadelphia Flyers 1975 Bob Kelly
1974 Rick MacLeish
Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 Maxime Talbot
1992 Ron Francis
1991 Ulf Samuelsson
Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Ruslan Fedotenko
Toronto Maple Leafs 1967 Jim Pappin
1964 Andy Bathgate
1963 Eddie Shack
1962 Dick Duff
1951 Bill Barilko
1949 Cal Gardner
1948 Harry Watson
1947 Ted Kennedy
1945 Babe Pratt
1942 Pete Langelle
1932 Ace Bailey
(Toronto St. Patricks) 1922 Babe Dye
(Toronto Arenas) 1918 Harry Meeking


Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick, Corey Crawford and the Top 20 Goalies with the Best Postseason Save Percentages Ever

Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick And Corey Crawford Have Three Of The Best Career Postseason Save Percentages

Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick And Corey Crawford Have Three Of The Best Career Postseason Save Percentages

Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers are Stanley Cup Finals bound, and Lundqvist is bringing with him one of the best postseason save percentages in history with him.

Trouble is, they’ll be facing either the Los Angeles KingsJonathan Quick or the Chicago BlackhawksCorey Crawford – both of whom are right there with Lundqvist.

Amazingly, the three goalies are 4-5-6 all-time amongst all goalies in Stanley Cup Playoffs career save percentage (minimum 50 games played).

Tim Thomas just makes the cut to take the top spot, and Dominik Hasek, third overall, is first amongst 100-gamers.

How good has postseason goaltending become? A full 50 percent of the top 20 ever are still playing.

1. Tim Thomas* 0.9326 51 Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars
2. Jean-Sebastien Giguere 0.9253 52 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim / Anaheim Ducks
3. Dominik Hasek 0.9251 119 Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings
4. Jonathan Quick** 0.9236 69 Los Angeles Kings
5. Henrik Lundqvist** 0.9221 87 New York Rangers
6. Corey Crawford** 0.9219 54 Chicago Blackhawks
7. Miikka Kiprusoff* 0.9210 56 San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames
8. Ed Belfour 0.9198 161 Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs
9. Martin Brodeur* 0.9186 205 New Jersey Devils
10. Dwayne Roloson 0.9184 50 Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning
11. Patrick Roy 0.9183 247 Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche
12. Nikolai Khabibulin* 0.9170 72 Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks
13. Curtis Joseph 0.9167 133 St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames
14. Chris Osgood 0.9162 129 Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues
15. Roberto Luongo* 0.9159 64 Vancouver Canucks
16. Ryan Miller* 0.9147 53 Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues
17. John Vanbiesbrouck 0.9146 71 New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers
18. Jose Theodore* 0.9119 56 Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers
19. Ken Wregget 0.9109 56 Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins
20. Felix Potvin 0.9101 72 Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings

* Active as of 2013-14

** Still active in 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as of date of this post

By the way…what is save percentage anyway? It’s number of saves divided by save chances (or shots against).

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