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Mavericks and Oilers already have made some history in their comeback quests

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Mavericks and Oilers already have made some history in their comeback quests
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Mavericks and Oilers already have made some history in their comeback quests

2024-06-17 01:58 Last Updated At:02:00

For the Dallas Mavericks and the Edmonton Oilers, the comeback efforts are just beginning and still have very long ways to go.

That said, they're off to unprecedented starts.

Dallas' 38-point win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday and Edmonton's seven-goal win over the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday were both — by far — the biggest victories by teams facing 3-0 deficits in an NBA or NHL title series.

It was the third time a team facing a 3-0 deficit won in the NBA Finals, and the ninth time a team in that predicament has done so in the Stanley Cup Final.

A look at the times a team down 3-0 prevailed in Game 4 of the NBA and NHL title rounds, and what happened next:

2024 — Dallas 122, Boston 84

It was a 38-point win for the Mavericks, the third-largest margin in any NBA Finals game, and could have been even worse: Boston trailed by as many as 48 points.

What happened next: TBD. Game 5 is in Boston on Monday.

1996 — Seattle 107, Chicago 86

A 28-11 burst in the second quarter set the tone for the SuperSonics, who fended off elimination.

What happened next: Seattle won Game 5, but Chicago finished off the title in Game 6.

2017 — Cleveland 137, Golden State 116

Golden State was bidding for a 16-0 playoff record. But Kyrie Irving had 40 points and Cleveland scored 49 in the first quarter before adding 37 in the second quarter. LeBron James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

What happened next: Golden State won Game 5 and captured the title.

2024 — Edmonton 8, Florida 1

It was one-sided from the outset, the Oilers jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead to set the tone, making it 6-1 after two periods and then tacking on two more goals late.

What happened next: TBD. Game 5 is at Florida on Tuesday.

2021 — Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 2 (OT)

Josh Anderson scored 3:57 into overtime to extend the series, but it would prove to be Montreal's final goal of the season.

What happened next: Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots in a 1-0 shutout and the Lightning won Game 5 to capture the Cup.

2014 — New York Rangers 2, Los Angeles 1

Martin St. Louis' second-period goal was the difference for the Rangers, who cut the Kings' deficit to 3-1.

What happened next: The Kings won the Cup in five games, winning a double-overtime thriller 3-2 on the 51st and final shot they sent toward Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

2012 — New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 1

Adam Henrique (who now plays for Edmonton) got the game-winning goal and the Devils survived Game 4 to extend the series.

What happened next: The Devils won Game 5 as well, but the Kings took the Cup in Game 6.

1981 — Minnesota 4, New York Islanders 2

Minnesota scored twice in the final 7:34 to fend off elimination and send the series back to New York for Game 5.

What happened next: The Islanders took Game 5 by a 5-1 score for their second straight Cup, part of a run of four consecutive titles.

1957 — Boston 2, Montreal 0

Fleming Mackell scored both goals and Don Simmons stopped 21 shots for the season-saving shutout by Boston.

What happened next: Game 5 at the Montreal Forum was a rout, the Canadiens winning 5-1 for another title.

1946 — Boston 3, Montreal 2, OT

Terry Reardon scored 15 minutes into the extra session to extend the series.

What happened next: Toe Blake scored to start a three-goal barrage in the third and Montreal would win Game 5 to take the title.

1945 — Detroit 5, Toronto 3

The Wings got three goals in the third to erase a 3-2 deficit and extend the series.

What happened next: Detroit won Games 5 and 6 as well, but Babe Pratt's power-play goal with 7:46 left in Game 7 would lift Toronto to the Cup.

1942 — Toronto 4, Detroit 3

Nick Metz's goal with 7:15 left capped a third-period comeback for the Maple Leafs and started something that would become historic — the first successful rally by an NHL team from a 3-0 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final. The feat hasn't been matched since.

What happened next: Toronto won the next three games by scores of 9-3, 3-0 and 3-1 to win the title.

AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA

AP NHL playoffs: https://apnews.com/hub/stanley-cup and https://www.apnews.com/hub/NHL

Fans celebrate during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Fans celebrate during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan McLeod (71) is congratulated for a goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan McLeod (71) is congratulated for a goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

WOODSTOCK, England (AP) — Leaders from across Europe gathered at a grandiose English country mansion on Thursday for a summit clouded by worries about whether the United States would remain a reliable ally if Donald Trump wins a second presidency.

Newly elected U.K. Prime Minister Keir Starmer welcomed some 45 heads of government to discuss migration, energy security and the threat from Russia as he seeks to restore relations between the U.K. and its European Union neighbors four years after their acrimonious divorce.

Starmer told the European Political Community gathering that the U.K. plans to take a more active role on the world stage, especially when it comes to Ukraine's fight against Russia’s invasion and to people-smuggling gangs organizing irregular migration.

He told fellow leaders that under his government the U.K. would be “a friend and a partner, ready to work with you — not part of the European Union, but very much part of Europe. Not focused on the differences between us, but on the values that we share."

“Our first task here today is to confirm our steadfast support for Ukraine, to unite once again behind those values that we cherish and to say we will face down aggression on this continent together,” he said, adding that the threat from Russia “reaches right across Europe.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was a key guest at the meeting, aimed at shoring up Europe’s support for his country’s defense and discussing ways to defend democracy. The U.K. accuses Moscow of seeking to undermine European democracies with cyberattacks, disinformation and sabotage.

When Britain agreed earlier this year to hold the one-day summit, Conservative leader Rishi Sunak was prime minister. His defeat in a July 4 election means it’s Starmer who welcomed leaders to Blenheim Palace, a Baroque country house that was the birthplace of World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

“It’s an incredibly useful occasion for Keir Starmer, because it gives him the chance to get to know a lot of European leaders,” said Jill Rutter, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Government think tank. “It’s like Rishi Sunak organized a dating party for him.”

The guest list includes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

The meeting is the fourth for the EPC group, a brainchild of Macron. It was established in 2022 as a forum for countries both inside and outside the 27-nation EU after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine shattered Europe’s sense of security. Previous meetings of the group have been held in the Czech capital, Prague; Chisinau, Moldova; and Granada, Spain.

The U.K. hopes this will be the best-attended summit to date, though EU chief Ursula von der Leyen stayed away as she fights to secure a second term as European Commission president from lawmakers in the European Parliament. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also a no-show.

Starmer’s center-left government aims to rebuild ties with the EU strained by years of ill-tempered wrangling over Brexit divorce terms. A key priority is a new U.K.-EU security pact that Starmer hopes to strike soon.

“We are confident that a new chapter will be opened with the U.K.,” European Council President Charles Michel said as he arrived.

The U.K. plans to work more closely with the European police agency Europol against people smuggling, part of measures to beef up border security following Starmer’s decision to scrap the Conservatives’ contentious and unrealized plan to send migrants arriving in the U.K. by boat on a one-way trip to Rwanda.

Delegates gathered at Blenheim Palace, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of London, will be treated to full British hospitality, including strawberries with cream and a reception hosted by King Charles III.

Many thoughts will likely stray to the U.S., where the weekend assassination attempt on Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, underscored how febrile and polarized politics has become ahead of the Nov. 5 election.

Trump’s skepticism about NATO has long worried U.S. allies. Trump’s choice of Sen. JD Vance, an opponent of U.S. military aid to Ukraine, as vice presidential running mate has heightened concerns.

“European countries must stand on their own legs more than ever,” said Netherlands Prime Minister Dick Schoof.

That sentiment was echoed by several other leaders, but not by Hungary's pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has riled other EU nations with a series of rogue meetings with foreign leaders about Ukraine, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Orban said a Trump victory would be “the best news for everybody, because he's a man of the people.”

Associated Press journalist Sylvain Plazy in Brussels contributed to this story.

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, right, gestures as he speaks during the first plenary session, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, right, gestures as he speaks during the first plenary session, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, right, gestures as he speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, before the start of the first plenary session at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, right, gestures as he speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, before the start of the first plenary session at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

Britain's Prime minister Keir Starmer, centre, makes remarks at the opening plenary session during the European Political Community meeting at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. From the left is the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister of Britain Keir Starmer, Charles Michel President of the Council of Europe and President of Moldova Maia Sandu (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

Britain's Prime minister Keir Starmer, centre, makes remarks at the opening plenary session during the European Political Community meeting at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. From the left is the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister of Britain Keir Starmer, Charles Michel President of the Council of Europe and President of Moldova Maia Sandu (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, right, gestures as he speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, before the start of the first plenary session at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, right, gestures as he speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, before the start of the first plenary session at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Dick Schoof arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/PA via AP, Pool)

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Dick Schoof arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/PA via AP, Pool)

Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban gestures as he arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban gestures as he arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives at the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP, Pool)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives at the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP, Pool)

Britain's Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, right, greets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as he arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain's Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, right, greets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as he arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, is welcomed by Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, right, to the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP, Pool)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, is welcomed by Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, right, to the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP, Pool)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

The President of France Emmanuel Macron listens to British Prime Minister Keir Starmer during the first plenary session at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England , Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

The President of France Emmanuel Macron listens to British Prime Minister Keir Starmer during the first plenary session at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England , Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

Britain's Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, right, greets France's President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain's Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, right, greets France's President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives to attend the European Political Community summit at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, Thursday July 18, 2024. (Jacob King/Pool Photo via AP)

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, right, speaks during the first plenary session, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England , Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, right, speaks during the first plenary session, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, at the European Political Community meeting in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England , Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool)

FILE - A view of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, March 24, 2009. Leaders from across Europe gather at an English country mansion on Thursday, July 18, 2024, for a summit overshadowed by worries about whether the United States will remain a reliable ally if Donald Trump secures a second presidency. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP, File)

FILE - A view of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, March 24, 2009. Leaders from across Europe gather at an English country mansion on Thursday, July 18, 2024, for a summit overshadowed by worries about whether the United States will remain a reliable ally if Donald Trump secures a second presidency. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP, File)

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