Has a team ever come back from down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final?

Has a team ever come back from down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final?
Has a team ever come back from down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final?

Connor McDavid and his team are set to host the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final game since 2006 on Thursday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton. However, the home team faces a significant challenge.

The Oilers are starting the game with a potential 3-0 series deficit against the Florida Panthers. The two-time reigning Eastern Conference champions secured victories in the first two games in Sunrise, Florida, with a combined score of 7-1.

To capture the franchise’s first Cup since 1990, the Oilers now need to win at least four of the next five games. If they manage to achieve this comeback, Edmonton will join a very exclusive group:

 

Has a Team Ever Come Back from Down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final?

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Multiple Stanley Cup Finals have seen teams come back after trailing 2-0 in the series, but only one team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit, and that was in 1942.

 

How Many Teams Have Come Back from Down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final?

Since the best-of-seven format was adopted in 1939, teams facing a 2-0 series deficit have triumphed five times in 54 attempts, according to TSN. Four of these five series comebacks were decided in seven games.

 

Who Was the Last Team to Come Back from Down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final?

The Boston Bruins were the most recent team to rally back from a 2-0 Cup Final deficit. In the 2011 Cup Final, after falling into a 2-0 hole against the Vancouver Canucks, Boston won two consecutive games to even the series. Although Vancouver regained the lead in Game 5, Boston twice staved off elimination to secure the franchise’s first Cup in nearly four decades.

 

Here’s a Full Look at the Five Teams to Come Back from Down 2-0 in the Cup Final:

  • 2011: Boston Bruins over Vancouver Canucks in seven games
  • 2009: Pittsburgh Penguins over Detroit Red Wings in seven games
  • 1971: Montreal Canadiens over Chicago Blackhawks in seven games
  • 1966: Montreal Canadiens over Detroit Red Wings in six games
  • 1942: Toronto Maple Leafs over Detroit Red Wings in seven games

 

Has a Team Ever Come Back from Down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final?

The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs were not only the first team to overcome a 2-0 series deficit in the Cup Final but also the only team to overcome a 3-0 deficit.

After losing Game 3 to the Detroit Red Wings, the Leafs won four straight games to complete a historic comeback. They remain the only team to have ever achieved this feat in the Cup Final, and one of just four teams in NHL postseason history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit.

 

The Oilers’ defense started to falter from there, and the Panthers capitalized on it. Sam Bennett managed to get behind the Edmonton defense for a goal, followed by Barkov winning a 2-on-1 situation.

 

 

Until several minutes into the third period, the Panthers’ NHL-best defence completely shut down the Oilers’ star-powered offence. The Oilers couldn’t break through despite registering more shots, goals on goal, and power plays. Their defensive miscues were almost academic, as Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the current favourite for the Conn Smythe Trophy, remained nearly impenetrable.

Reducing the deficit to one goal might offer some encouragement, but the Oilers now face daunting odds. They’re not alone in that this week.

 

ABC facing a nightmare double-sweep in the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Final

The Oilers suffered plenty on Thursday, but ABC and its parent company, Disney, were the other losers of the night. The network is currently airing both the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final, which are each on the verge of an uncompetitive sweep.

The Boston Celtics lead the Dallas Mavericks 3-0 after taking a big lead and holding off a comeback in Game 3 (sound familiar?), with a chance to end it in Game 4 on Friday.

Yahoo Sports’ Kendall Baker notes that the two series have both ended in sweeps only twice in history: 1983 (Philadelphia 76ers over Los Angeles Lakers, New York Islanders over Oilers) and 1995 (Houston Rockets over Orlando Magic, New Jersey Devils over Red Wings).

2024 Stanley Cup Final schedule (Panthers lead series 1-0)

  • Game 1: Panthers 3, Oilers 0
  • Game 2: Panthers 4, Oilers 1
  • Game 3: Panthers 4, Oilers 3
  • Game 4: Panthers at Oilers | Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m. ET (ABC, ESPN+)
  • *Game 5: Oilers at Panthers | Tuesday, June 18, 8 p.m. ET (ABC, ESPN+)
  • *Game 6: Panthers at Oilers | Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. ET (ABC, ESPN+)
  • *Game 7: Oilers at Panthers | Monday, June 24, 8 p.m. ET (ABC, ESPN+)

(*if necessary)

 

Has a team ever come back from down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final?

Only four teams in NHL history have rallied from a 3-0 playoff series deficit to win, and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to do it in the Stanley Cup Final.