Infamy in San Jose

By HOWARD BERGER

TORONTO (May 1) – It happened three times in the first 93 years of the National Hockey League. It has now happened twice in less than four years – a club falling behind 3-0 in a best-of-seven playoff series only to rebound with four consecutive victories.

Los Angeles Kings became the fourth team in Stanley Cup history to complete the rally by downing San Jose Sharks, 5-1, at the SAP Center early this morning. The game ended at 12:49 a.m. EST and the final score was inflated by a couple of empty-net goals. But, there was no denying the 2012 NHL champions once they broke the ice with a 6-3 triumph in Game 4 at Staples Center. The Kings now face Anaheim in a southern-California clash to determine a Western Conference finalist.

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FINAL CARNAGE IN SAN JOSE – TO THE DISBELIEF OF JOE THORNTON. CBC IMAGES

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The NHL was formed in 1917-18. Not until the spring of 1942 did a team come back from a 3-0 deficit: Toronto Maple Leafs stunning Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final. Another 33 years passed before the upstart New York Islanders – in only their third NHL season – pulled a one-eighty on Pittsburgh in the 1975 Cup quarterfinals (Ed Westfall scoring in a 1-0 win) and it required 35 more springs before Philadelphia rebounded against Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinal. Less than half-a-decade later, it has happened for a fourth time.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild is getting some of its multi-million’s worth out of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The Wild rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 game deficits against Colorado with consecutive victories to end the series – the winner also early today EST in Denver at 5:00 of overtime by Nino Neiderreiter. Minnesota now has the unenviable task of squaring off against the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks.

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WILD AND AVALANCHE SHAKE HANDS AFTER GAME 7. TSN IMAGE

FROM NHL.COM: Below are dates, times (all EST), national broadcast information and results for the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Information on the U.S. broadcast for games later in the round will be released as it is determined.

EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND-ROUND MATCHUPSSERIES I – A1 vs. A3 TIME (ET)   vs.  NETWORKS/RESULTThursday, May 17:30 p.m.Montreal at BostonNBCSN, CBC, RDSSaturday, May 312:30 p.m.Montreal at BostonNBC, CBC, RDSTuesday, May 67 p.m.Boston at MontrealNBCSN, CBC, RDSThursday, May 87:30 p.m.Boston at MontrealNBCSN, CBC, RDS*Saturday, May 10TBDMontreal at BostonCBC, RDS*Monday, May 12TBDBoston at MontrealCBC, RDS*Wednesday, May 14TBDMontreal at BostonCBC, RDS     SERIES J – M1 vs. M TIME (ET)   vs.   NETWORKS/RESULTFriday, May 27 p.m.NY Rangers at PittsburghNBCSN, CBC, RDSSunday, May 47:30 p.m.NY Rangers at PittsburghNBCSN, CBC, RDSMonday, May 57:30 p.m.Pittsburgh at NY RangersNBCSN, CBC, RDSWednesday, May 77:30 p.m.Pittsburgh at NY RangersNBCSN, CBC, RDS*Friday, May 9TBDNY Rangers at PittsburghCBC*Sunday, May 11TBDPittsburgh at NY RangersCBC*Tuesday, May 13TBDNY Rangers at PittsburghCBC    WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND-ROUND MATCHUPSSERIES K – C3 vs. W1 TIME (ET)  vs.   NETWORKS/RESULTFriday, May 29:30 p.m.Minnesota at ChicagoNBCSN, TSN, RDSSunday, May 43 p.m.Minnesota at ChicagoNBC, TSN, RDSTuesday, May 69 p.m.Chicago at MinnesotaCNBC, TSN, RDS2Friday, May 9TBDChicago at MinnesotaTSN*Sunday, May 11TBDMinnesota at ChicagoTSN*Tuesday, May 13TBDChicago at MinnesotaTSN*Thursday, May 15TBDMinnesota at ChicagoTSN    SERIES L – P1 vs. P3 TIME (ET)   vs.   NETWORKS/RESULTSaturday, May 38 p.m.Los Angeles at AnaheimNBCSN, TSN, RDSMonday, May 510 p.m.Los Angeles at AnaheimNBCSN, TSN, RDSThursday, May 810 p.m.Anaheim at Los AngelesNBCSN, TSN, RDSSaturday, May 10TBDAnaheim at Los AngelesTSN*Monday, May 12TBDLos Angeles at AnaheimTSN*Wednesday, May 14TBDAnaheim at Los AngelesTSN*Friday, May 16TBDLos Angeles at AnaheimTSN

* – if necessary

SECOND ROUND PREDICTIONS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

BOSTON IN 7.

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PITTSBURGH IN 6.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

LOS ANGELES IN 6.

File:ChicagoBlackhawksLogo.svgMinnesota Wild Logo - Wild in wheat calligraphics in a red and green circle.  Worn on the shoulder of the Minnesota Wild home and road jerseys, eventually dropped to just the road jersey before being eliminated completely following the 2009-10 season.

CHICAGO IN 5.

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FIRST EXPANSION CUP

For those, like myself, who remember the 1974 playoffs, it is difficult to comprehend that 40 years have passed since Philadelphia Flyers became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. It was only seven seasons after the NHL had doubled to 12 teams, adding the Flyers, California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. Philadelphia swept Atlanta and edged New York Rangers in seven games to hook up with Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the Boston Bruins. Tricking the experts, the Flyers prevailed in six. Continuing with my series of NHL pages-from-the-past, here are several covers of THE HOCKEY NEWS from late in the 1973-74 season, culminating with the Flyers Cup victory over the Bruins:

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