NHL Playoffs: Can Detroit Make History and Come Back From 3-0 Deficit?

May 7th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Let me begin by saying that, honestly, any talk about a historic mid-series sweep is silly, if not down-right delusional.

There is a reason this has happened only twice in NHL history and has not happened once in the past three decades.

Like a blackjack dealer playing a six-deck chute, a team with a 3-0 lead has the odds overwhelmingly stacked in their favor to the extent that beating them becomes something just shy of a statistical impossibility.

You may step up to the table and think you can win, but really, you lost the second you put your chips on the felt.

Even if you win a hand or two at some point, at the end of the night, you'll be walking away with empty pockets.

However, every now and again, the impossible happens, and you end up beating the house.

Thursday night, when the Red Wings were down to their last chip, the dealer drew them an eleven—they doubled-down, got hit with the King of Hearts (played this time by Johan Franzen), and won a chance to play another hand on Saturday night.

For every fan in Hockeytown, dreams of becoming the third team in over 80 years to rally from a 3- ...

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