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While the Rangers face an up-hill battle in overcoming a 0-3 series deficit against the Boston Bruins, two pieces of history are on their side.
First, the Bruins are one of just three teams in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead, which they did against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.
The other is that injured forward Darroll Powe was a member of that Flyers squad that overcame the odds and wound up making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Powe, who skated again on Wednesday at the team’s optional practice, spoke about that series with reporters inside the team’s dressing room. He said the team focused on just winning one game at a time, which is what the Rangers must do.
In that 2010 series, which was also in the second round, the Flyers dropped the opening game in overtime in Boston, just like the Blueshirts. The Flyers won in overtime in Game 4, then shut the Bruins out in Game 5. With the series tied, 3-3, the Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit to win the deciding game, 4-3, at TD Bank Garden in Boston.
“You have to go in with that belief” that the team can overcome the deficit, Powe said on Wednesday. “You win that one game and things start to change. After that, you worry about the next game and … your confidence builds and grows and you see the other side kind of going the other way.”
Watch Powe discuss his experience playing for the 2010 Flyers who overcame a 3-0 series deficit, then share your thoughts below.