Avs dream near-impossible dream

Joe Sakic kept the Avalanche thinking they can be the third team to overcome a three games to none deficit.

Updated: April 30, 2004, 12:27 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Every year at some point in the playoffs, we hear the same two teams brought up whenever a club falls behind three games to none in a series.

The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders are the only NHL teams to ever come back from such a deficit to win a best-of-7 Stanley Cup playoff series. They give every team hope that the feat isn't as dire as it looks and that some team will eventually join that group.

Colorado center Joe Sakic kept the Avalanche thinking they can be the third team to join that elite group when he quickly fired a wrist shot past Sharks goalie Evegeni Nabokov at 5:15 of overtime for the only goal of Game 4 on Wednesday night, cutting San Jose's Western Conference semifinal lead to 3-1.


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