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The Oilers join 9 other NHL teams that forced a Game 7 after trailing a series 3-0

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The Oilers join 9 other NHL teams that forced a Game 7 after trailing a series 3-0
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The Oilers join 9 other NHL teams that forced a Game 7 after trailing a series 3-0

2024-06-22 18:00 Last Updated At:18:10

The Edmonton Oilers aren't the first team in the NHL to fight back from 3-0 down in a best-of-seven series to force a deciding contest.

This is the 10th time it has happened in 211 opportunities in NHL history and the first in 10 years. Based on history, the momentum from three straight wins doesn't always carry over into a Game 7.

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Edmonton Oilers celebrate a win over the Florida Panthers in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Edmonton Oilers aren't the first team in the NHL to fight back from 3-0 down in a best-of-seven series to force a deciding contest.

Florida Panthers players prepare to leave the ice after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Edmonton Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers players prepare to leave the ice after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Edmonton Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan McLeod (71) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan McLeod (71) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

FILE - San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi (16) celebrates after he assisted center Patrick Marleau (12) on a score against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal, May 12, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. The Red Wings trailed 3-0 in the series, then tied it at 3. But the Sharks won Game 7. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

FILE - San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi (16) celebrates after he assisted center Patrick Marleau (12) on a score against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal, May 12, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. The Red Wings trailed 3-0 in the series, then tied it at 3. But the Sharks won Game 7. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

FILE - Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, right, scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) and left wing Matt Nieto (83) during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., April 30, 2014. The Kings trailed 3-0 in the series, but came back to win. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, right, scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) and left wing Matt Nieto (83) during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., April 30, 2014. The Kings trailed 3-0 in the series, but came back to win. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - NHL President Frank Calder, center, presents the Stanley Cup to Toronto captain Syl Apps in Toronto, April 18, 1942. Maj. Conn Smythe, right, home on leave from his regiment, cheers the presentation. Toronto became the only team in the major North American sports leagues to complete a comeback from 3-0 down, to the Detroit Red Wings, to win a championship series. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - NHL President Frank Calder, center, presents the Stanley Cup to Toronto captain Syl Apps in Toronto, April 18, 1942. Maj. Conn Smythe, right, home on leave from his regiment, cheers the presentation. Toronto became the only team in the major North American sports leagues to complete a comeback from 3-0 down, to the Detroit Red Wings, to win a championship series. (AP Photo, File)

Only four of the nine previous teams to fight back and force a seventh game finished the job, with the Los Angeles Kings the last to pull off the feat in the 2014 first round against the San Jose Sharks.

Here's a look at how those other nine teams that forced a Game 7 after trailing the series 3-0 fared:

Los Angeles fell into a 1-0 hole early in the second period at San Jose before rallying once again. The Kings got a tying goal from Drew Doughty a few minutes later and Anze Kopitar scoried the tiebreaking goal late in the second period. Los Angeles added three goals in the third, including two empty-netters, to start another title run with a 5-1 win. Jonathan Quick made 39 saves.

Detroit had won three straight tight games to even the series but fell behind quickly in Game 7 in San Jose. The Sharks got first-period goals from Devin Setoguchi and Logan Couture to take the lead and Patrick Marleau added a key insurance goal in the third for his first point of the series after the Red Wings pulled within one. San Jose held on for a 3-2 win but lost in the next round to Vancouver. Antti Niemi made 38 saves.

Defending-champion Chicago fought back in the series against the Presidents’ Trophy winners and then did it again in Game 7 on the road. Jonathan Toews scored a short-handed goal to tie the game at 1 with 1:56 to play. Vancouver then killed off a penalty early in overtime before Alex Burrows scored his second goal of the game to win the series. Roberto Luongo made 31 saves. The Canucks made it to Cup final before losing in seven games to Boston.

After falling behind 3-0 in the series, Philadelphia fell into a 3-0 hole in Game 7 in Boston in less than 15 minutes. The Flyers battled back to tie the game late in the second period on a goal by Daniel Briere and won it in the third when Simon Gagne scored on a power play following a penalty for too many men on the ice. Philadelphia made it to the Cup final before losing to Chicago.

One round after pulling off a 3-0 comeback against Pittsburgh, New York almost did it again. The Islanders fought back in the semifinals to force a Game 7 in Philadelphia but were no match for the Flyers. Gary Dornhoefer scored 19 seconds into the game to set the tone and Rick MacLeish had a hat trick in a 5-1 win for Philadelphia.

New York’s first playoff run was a memorable one, highlighted by the comeback in the quarterfinals against Pittsburgh. Coach Al Arbour made a goalie change after falling behind 3-0, benching Billy Smith in favor of Chico Resch. That paid off in big fashion with four straight wins, capped by a 1-0 win on the road in Game 7. Ed Westphal scored with 5:18 to play and Resch made 30 saves in the shutout.

Three years after blowing a 3-0 lead to Toronto, Detroit tried to return the favor in the Cup final. The Red Wings forced a Game 7 in a series when they didn’t score a single goal until Game 4. Mel Hill scored in the first period for Toronto in Detroit. The Red Wings tied it midway through the third but Babe Pratt scored on a power play with 7:46 to play to give the Maple Leafs the Stanley Cup.

Toronto became the only team in the major North American sports leagues to complete a comeback from 3-0 down to win a championship series. The Red Wings scored first on the road in the second period but fell apart in the third. Sweeney Schriner scored twice in the third period and Pete Langelle had the tiebreaking goal to give the Maple Leafs the title.

Long before the Red Sox raced back from a 3-0 series deficit to beat the hated Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship series, there was nearly another 3-0 comeback in the Boston-New York rivalry. The Rangers fought back after losing the first three games of the semifinals to force a seventh game at Boston Garden. The teams traded goals in the second period and the game stayed tied until the third overtime when Mel Hill scored the winner for Boston.

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Edmonton Oilers celebrate a win over the Florida Panthers in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers celebrate a win over the Florida Panthers in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers players prepare to leave the ice after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Edmonton Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers players prepare to leave the ice after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Edmonton Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan McLeod (71) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan McLeod (71) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 5-1 to tie the series. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

FILE - San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi (16) celebrates after he assisted center Patrick Marleau (12) on a score against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal, May 12, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. The Red Wings trailed 3-0 in the series, then tied it at 3. But the Sharks won Game 7. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

FILE - San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi (16) celebrates after he assisted center Patrick Marleau (12) on a score against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal, May 12, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. The Red Wings trailed 3-0 in the series, then tied it at 3. But the Sharks won Game 7. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

FILE - Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, right, scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) and left wing Matt Nieto (83) during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., April 30, 2014. The Kings trailed 3-0 in the series, but came back to win. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, right, scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) and left wing Matt Nieto (83) during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., April 30, 2014. The Kings trailed 3-0 in the series, but came back to win. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - NHL President Frank Calder, center, presents the Stanley Cup to Toronto captain Syl Apps in Toronto, April 18, 1942. Maj. Conn Smythe, right, home on leave from his regiment, cheers the presentation. Toronto became the only team in the major North American sports leagues to complete a comeback from 3-0 down, to the Detroit Red Wings, to win a championship series. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - NHL President Frank Calder, center, presents the Stanley Cup to Toronto captain Syl Apps in Toronto, April 18, 1942. Maj. Conn Smythe, right, home on leave from his regiment, cheers the presentation. Toronto became the only team in the major North American sports leagues to complete a comeback from 3-0 down, to the Detroit Red Wings, to win a championship series. (AP Photo, File)

The Republican National Convention culminates Thursday with former President Donald Trump expected to accept the party’s presidential nomination, achieving a comeback four years in the making and anticipated even more in the past week in light of Saturday’s assassination attempt.

He is expected to accept his third consecutive party nod in prime time before thousands of supporters at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Trump's running mate JD Vance addressed the same crowd on Wednesday.

Trump’s election opponent, President Joe Biden, tested positive for COVID-19 while traveling Wednesday in Las Vegas and is experiencing “mild symptoms” including “general malaise” from the infection, the White House said.

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JD Vance introduced himself to a national audience Wednesday after being chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, sharing the story of his hardscrabble upbringing and making the case that his party best understands the challenges facing struggling Americans.

Speaking to a packed arena at the Republican National Convention, the Ohio senator cast himself as a fighter for a forgotten working class, making a direct appeal to the Rust Belt voters who helped drive Trump’s surprise 2016 victory and voicing their anger and frustration.

The 39-year-old Ohio senator is a relative political unknown, having served in the Senate for less than two years. He rapidly morphed in recent years from a bitter critic of the former president to an aggressive defender and is now positioned to become the future leader of the party and the torch-bearer of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” political movement.

The first millennial to join the top of a major party ticket, Vance enters the race as questions about the age of the men at the top — 78-year-old Trump and 81-year-old President Joe Biden — have been high on the list of voters’ concerns. He also joins Trump after an assassination attempt against the former president — in which Trump came perhaps millimeters from death or serious injury — underscoring the importance of a potential successor.

▶ Read more about Vance’s RNC speech

The third nights of conventions are traditionally about the running mate and how they round out a presidential ticket. Certainly, Vance has become a presence at the convention — mentions from the podium, his name now on signs together with Trump, appearances with the former president on the first two nights of the convention.

But Trump is a dominant figure — even when measured against other U.S. presidents and world leaders. Pick any speaker Wednesday and their most passionate pitches were not about “Donald Trump and JD Vance.” They were about Trump.

“This is a man I know and the president we need for four more years,” said Kellyanne Conway, a former Trump adviser. “He will always stand up for you.”

Trump’s former White House physician, Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, called Trump “the greatest president this country has ever had” and “a president who even took a bullet for our country.”

It’s Trump’s party and his alone. No running mate can change that, especially not a freshman senator who has yet to celebrate his 40th birthday.

▶ Read the AP’s takeaways from night 3 of the RNC.

The convention is gaveling out after a benediction from Rev. Packy Thompson of Houma, Lousiana.

Thompson thanked God for Trump. “I also thank you for protecting him from the evil that was perpetrated last Saturday,” he said.

And the gathering is adjourned until Thursday.

“Tonight, J.D. Vance, the poster boy for Project 2025, took center stage. But it’s working families and the middle class who will suffer if he’s allowed to stay there,” Michael Tyler, Biden campaign communication director, said.

“Backed by Silicon Valley and the billionaires who bought his vice presidential selection, Vance is Project 2025 in human form – an agenda that puts extremism and the ultra wealthy over our democracy.”

Vance made a pledge to voters: “I pledge to every American, no matter your party, I will give you everything I have.”

He added, “To serve you and to make this country a place where every dream you have for yourself, your family and your country will be possible once again.”

After the speech, Vance’s extended family flooded the stage to an unusual song for a Republican convention – Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.”

The song became a political staple in 1992 when a very different young politician from a humble background ran for national office. That was Bill Clinton, who is, of course, a Democrat.

Law enforcement officers gather at campaign rally site for Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is empty Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. Trump's campaign said in a statement that the former president was "fine" after a shooting at his rally in Butler (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Law enforcement officers gather at campaign rally site for Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is empty Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. Trump's campaign said in a statement that the former president was "fine" after a shooting at his rally in Butler (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is covered by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is covered by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surround by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surround by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is helped off the stage at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is helped off the stage at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he is helped off the stage at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he is helped off the stage at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Wisconsin Carlos Jimenez dresses up as Captain America at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Wisconsin Carlos Jimenez dresses up as Captain America at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, speaks during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, speaks during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump's shadow is seen as he departs the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump's shadow is seen as he departs the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Vice Presidential Nominee Sen. JD Vance speaks during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Vice Presidential Nominee Sen. JD Vance speaks during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump departs after the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump departs after the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A general view during rehearsals at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A general view during rehearsals at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, gestures to the crowd after speaking at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, gestures to the crowd after speaking at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, speaks at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, speaks at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Vice Presidential Nominee Sen. JD Vance and wife Usha Chilukuri Vance acknowledge the crowd during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Vice Presidential Nominee Sen. JD Vance and wife Usha Chilukuri Vance acknowledge the crowd during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

President Joe Biden and Maritza Rodriguez, Biden for President Latina adviser, greets patrons at Linda Michoacan Mexican Restaurant, during a stop in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden and Maritza Rodriguez, Biden for President Latina adviser, greets patrons at Linda Michoacan Mexican Restaurant, during a stop in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks up the steps of Air Force One at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a speaker at the UnidosUS annual conference broadcast on the White House's YouTube channel. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks up the steps of Air Force One at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a speaker at the UnidosUS annual conference broadcast on the White House's YouTube channel. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump reacts during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump reacts during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump talks to Sen. Marco Rubio during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump talks to Sen. Marco Rubio during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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