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Panthers Need Another 3-1 Series Comeback, This One in the Cup Final

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — It can be done. Such will be the thinking for the Florida Panthers for the next couple days, as they try to dig their way out of a 3-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final.

And they’ll think that for good reason — because they’ve already done it once.

Here they go again. The Panthers rallied from a 3-1 series hole in Round 1 against the Boston Bruins, and now they’ll have to do it again in this matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Las Vegas, with the hosts just win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time.

Panthers Need Another 3-1 Series Comeback, This One in the Cup Final

They might have even started laying the groundwork for one last comeback try of the season by how they finished Game 4 — a 3-2 win for Vegas, but one where the Golden Knights saw a 3-0 lead that made it seem like they were in cruise control mode turn into a one-goal game early in the third on a goal by Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov.

But the equalizer that Florida wanted never came, even after pulling goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for an extra attacker with about 2 1/2 minutes left and getting a power play for the final 17.4 seconds. When the final horn sounded, there was a slew of punches thrown, a bunch of bodies driven into the ice. Tempers flared, but nothing found the back of the net.

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And now it’s simple: Win three in a row, or this run through the Stanley Cup playoffs won’t be capped by claiming the Cup.

The comeback from 3-1 down has happened twice in the same postseason once before. Minnesota pulled it off in 2003; the Wild did it in Rounds 1 and 2.

But in the Cup final, it’s happened only once — and that was a mere 81 years ago. Toronto actually trailed the 1942 title series 3-0 to Detroit, and wound up rallying to take the next four games.

Further complicating matters is this: Vegas hasn’t had a three-game losing streak since January. Florida’s Cup hopes hinge on changing that.

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