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Houston Astros will try to join the rare company on Saturday (20:37 pm Pacific time, winning the series after the season after overcoming a deficit of 3: 0).
It would seem that on the ropes, lasting up to five total runs in the first three games, “Astros” exploded 15 runs in three consecutive victories against the “Tampa Bay Rays” to force Game 7 in the American League Championship series.
If Houston can continue to grow, it will join five other big professional teams in promotion after once falling behind 3-0. This has been done once in MLB history and four times in the NHL. No NBA team has done this feat.
2004 Boston Red Sox
The New York Yankees led a 3-0 team victory with a 19-8 victory in Game 3 of the ALCS. But the Red Sox survived, gaining additional inning victories in the next two games, both times tying the game to Mariano Rivera’s Hall of Fame. Kurt Schilling of Boston in Game 6 put a pearl of four hits to tie the series. Game 7 was a blast as Johnny Damon had six IRCs in a 10-3 win. The Red Sox have swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to end the 86-year drought of the championship.
Astros infidel Alex Bregman asked teammates to watch an ESPN documentary about the series, Four days in October, before the return of Houston.
“I was sitting watching it with him,” said Carlos Correa of the Astros short stop. “It was an extremely inspiring video.”
1942 Toronto Maple Leaves
The Maple Leafs came together against the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final after coach Hep Day played regular season’s top scorer Gordy Drillon. His replacement, Don Metz, has had four goals and three assists as Toronto have beaten Detroit 19-7 in their last four games.
1975 residents of New York
The Islanders, making their first playoff appearance, have shown resilience under Al Arbor coach, which eventually led to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s. They overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, winning the 7th game after the dismissal of Glen “Chico” Resh. Then they almost did the same in the next round against defending champions Philadelphia Flyers before falling in Game 7. This year they came out 8-1.
2010 Philadelphia Postcards
The Flyers were left alive in Game 4 of the second round against the Boston Bryns when Simon Gun scored in overtime. Philadelphia then lost starting goalkeeper Brian Boucher due to injury in the next game, and backup Michael Leighton stopped 44 of 45 strikes by Bryns to win Games 5 and 6. Bryns, playing at home, led 3-0 in Game 7 before the Flyers were going to win 4: 3 on the second winner of the Gene series in the series. In the end, the Flyers reached the final, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.
2014 Los Angeles Kings
The San Jose Sharks won the first two games in a series of first rounds with explosions, and then won Game 3 in overtime. Then Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick, who was drawn in Game 1, has stopped 130 of 135 shots in the last four games to get ahead. This year, the Kings won three 7s to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.
Contributed by: Bob Nightgengail, USA TODAY Sports