(Source: Matt Slocum, AP)
What do Simon Gagne and David Ortiz have in common?
It may seem like an odd question, but both men have ended a do or die Game 4 in extra frames, with their team trailing a series, 3-0. Ortiz did it with a walkoff homer in 2004, when the Red Sox trailed the Yankees three games to none in the ALCS. He followed that up with a game winning hit a day later, firmly putting the series' momentum with the Red Sox on their way to a Game 7 win.
Gagne on the other hand, ended Game 4 in overtime at home against the Bruins. In Game 5, he added two goals, which helped the Flyers win the game and take ownership of that all important momentum.
Tonight, the Flyers find themselves in a similar spot the Red Sox did six years ago… they can come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best of seven series.
It has only been done three times in professional sports. The 1942 Maple Leafs, the 1975 Islanders, and the aforementioned 2004 Red Sox, all did the unthinkable. That's it. Three teams. Ever.
The Flyers look to be number four, reversing Boston's luck from 2004. If they do that, don't expect the condoms to be empty this time…