The Bruins rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period of Game 7 of their playoff series vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs and won, 5-4, in overtime.
The game was immediately called one of the great comebacks in Boston sports history, and it joins a number of thrilling Boston sports comebacks through the years.
Here’s a look at some of them:
1986: Dave Henderson’s go-ahead home run, Game 5, ALCS: In one of the most memorable postseason moments in Red Sox history, Henderson, an outfielder who came over from the Seattle Mariners late in the season, hit a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run in the ninth inning off Angels reliever Donnie Moore to give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead . The Angels led the series, 3 games to 1, and entered the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead. The Angels composed themselves and tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Henderson drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th, and the Sox went on to win the series in seven games.
2002: Patriots defeat Raiders in Snow Bowl: The “Tuck Rule” game between the Patriots and Raiders on Jan. 19, 2002, is considered one of the greatest games in Patriots history. Also known as the “Snow Bowl,” the AFC Divisional playoff victory was a defining moment as the Patriots marched toward their first Super Bowl victory. A controversial call based on an obscure rule known as the tuck rule allowed the Patriots to keep possession of the ball after an apparent fumble by quarterback Tom Brady. Adam Vinatieri tied the score with a 45-yard field goal with 27 seconds left, then hit another one to win the game in overtime. The Patriots trailed 13-3 at one point, but won, 16-13
2003: Sox rally from 0-2 deficit to defeat the A’s: Down 0-2 in the 2003 ALDS, the Grady Little-led Red Sox rallied with two wins at Fenway Park, then won a dramatic Game 5 at in Oakland on the strength of a three-run home run by Manny Ramirez and a memorable closing performance by Derek Lowe, who struck out Terrence Long looking.
2004: Red Sox stun Yankees in ALCS: The Red Sox rallied to become the first team in baseball history to win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-0 when they overcame the rival Yankees in the ALCS. David Ortiz’s RBI single on the game’s 471st pitch with two outs in the 14th inning capped a second straight amazing comeback in less than 24 hours, giving Boston a 5-4 victory in Game 5 at Fenway.
2009: BU 4, Miami 3: Although Boston University’s hockey team was favored to win the 2009 NCAA championship game, things looked grim with a minute to play. The Terriers trailed Miami University of Ohio by two goals. But BU miraculously rallied to score twice in the final minute to send the game into overtime, where they scored again to win.
1984: BC 47, Miami 45: In one of the most famous plays in college football history, Doug Flutie threw a last-second 48-yard “Hail Mary” touchdown pass to receiver Gerard Phelan in the end zone, giving the Eagles an improbable victory over the mighty Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl Nov. 23, 1984. Flutie, who won the Heisman Trophy that season, scrambled to his right, narrowly averting a sack, then launched the football from his own 37-yard line, requiring the 5-foot-9-inch QB to throw the ball at least 63 yards.
1993: BC 41, Notre Dame 39: The Eagles knocked off the heavily favored and top-ranked Irish Nov. 20, 1993 when kicker David Gordon booted a 41-yard field goal on the game’s final play, crushing host Notre Dame’s hopes for a national title. “I don’t think you can get any lower than we are now,” Notre Dame defensive lineman Jim Flanigan said after the defeat.
1993: UMass 91, North Carolina 86: A relatively unknown University of Massachusetts basketball team used quickness and hustle to surprise top-ranked North Carolina in a semifinal game of the preseason NIT. “There isn’t much doubt about it: this is the greatest moment in the history of UMass basketball, and it came in an improbable performance,” wrote the Globe’s Bob Ryan. “The Minutemen trailed, 11-0, and were very, very close to being overwhelmed and discouraged. But coach John Calipari wouldn’t let his team quit.” UMass also trailed 73-66 with 4:53 left, but rallied with a 7-1 run.
1980: USA 4, USSR 3: Known forever as the “Miracle on Ice,” a United States hockey team made up of amateur and collegiate players, including Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan, and Dave Silk of Boston University – defeated the Soviet Union in the medal round of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Led by coach Herb Brooks, the US stunned a Soviet team widely regarded as the best international hockey team in the world. “It’s the most transcending moment in the history of our sport in this country,” said Dave Ogrean, former executive director of USA Hockey. The US trailed three times – 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 – before tying the game and winning on Eruzione’s goal in the third period.Continued...