Friday, April 18, 2014
April 18, 1942: The Ultimate Stanley Cup Comeback
On April 18, 1942, the Toronto Maple Leafs completed a stunning comeback by toppling the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Leafs were down 3-0 in the series before battling back to take the last four games. To date, they are the only team to go down 3-0 in the Finals, then bounce back to win it all. The Leafs had their backs against the wall in Game 4 they were down 3-2 headed into the final period, before battling back to win 4-3. In Game 5 they handed the Wings a 9-3 defeat, then blanked them 3-0 in Game 6. The deciding game of the series held in Toronto had more than 16,000 on hand as they watched their Leafs come back once again. They came into the third period of the contest trailing 1-0. Dave Schriner tied the game in the final period, Peter Lange put the Leafs in front 2-1, then Schriner added his second goal in the waning minutes to help secure the title. To date, the '42 Maple Leafs are the only team to comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the Final round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.It truly was an ultimate comeback.