After Tuesday’s loss, the Capitals face elimination and yet another premature end to a playoff run tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum. To keep their season alive, they must win four straight games, a daunting feat.
Only three teams in NHL history have gone on to win their series after trailing three games to none. They are: the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, who rallied to defeat the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals; the 1975 New York Islanders, who shocked the Pittsburgh Penguins with a comeback in the second round; and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs who surprised the Detroit Red Wings to win in the Stanley Cup final.
Is it impossible? No, just one of the toughest comebacks to complete, as history has shown.
“Absolutely -- other teams have done it,” Jason Arnott said when asked if a rally was possible after Tuesday’s loss. “Previously I was down 3-1 against Philly and we came back to end up winning the Stanley Cup. Anything is possible. We have to stay positive and focused in here. The good thing is we got some goals off [Dwayne] Roloson and we’ll work off that.”
Surrounded by a horde of reporters with the bridge of his nose freshly stitched up--the winger wouldn’t reveal the cause of the injury--Alex Ovechkin also said that the Capitals won’t roll over against the Lightning.
“It is not over. We won’t give up. We’re going to win,” Ovechkin said. “Well I think we’ve had all three games in our hands, but we lost all three. It is hockey and it is hockey. Again, it is not over. They win three. We can win three. It is going to be a battle.”
Game 4 is tonight at 7 p.m.