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'75 Islanders welcome '10 Flyers to the comeback club

May 15, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

The club of NHL teams to complete a three games to none comeback is pretty small, and for players from the last team to complete the feat, they’re a bit reluctant to share the stage with the Philadelphia Flyers. FanHouse’s Chris Botta wants you to say hello to the 1975 New York Islanders goaltender, and current Devils color man, Glenn “Chico” Resch.

“I’m a little disappointed, I can admit it,” Resch told FanHouse moments after watching the Philadelphia Flyers join his 1975 Islanders and the 1942 Maple Leafs as the only teams in NHL history to come back from down 3-0 in a playoff series. “I know we’re always supposed to say the right things in hockey, but I’m just being candid. The bittersweet feelings won’t last long, believe me.”

At least Chico didn’t go off on a Mercury Morris-like rant that occurs whenever an NFL team starts to make a run at an unbeaten season. Heck, Chico didn’t even get too sour about being joined in the comeback club by a team the Isles fought tooth and nail with every year.

“I figured our achievement was going to be matched one of these years,” added Nystrom. “When we first came back from 3-0 in ’75, I had no idea the NHL would go this long without another comeback. The great thing is, what we did can only be matched. It can’t be broken. You have to give a lot of credit to Philadelphia. I don’t think Boston gave it up. The Flyers really took it to them. You have to tip your hat to them.”

Some fans might argue with Chico’s last point there, but I think we can all safely say that we’re happy Chico didn’t find a way to work in a line about the Devils somehow. 

  1. Ishaq Al-Sulaimani - May 15, 2010 at 2:54 AM

    The 1975 Islanders finished the season
    with 88 points and the 2010 Flyers finished the
    season with 88 points total.Maybe the Chinese
    were right about the “Lucky Eights” remember
    how they had to start the olympics exactly at
    8PM on 8-8-08. Incidentally,Phelps set the record
    with 8 gold medals. The 1975 Islanders started their
    playoff run with a game three overtime win over the
    Rangers in the best of three Mini-Series.
    The 2010 Flyers just made the playoffs by beating
    the Rangers on the last game of the year in an overtime
    shootout.The 1975 Flyers beat the 75’Islander comeback
    team in the Semi-Finals after the Islanders amazing
    Quarter Finals comeback against the Penguins. The 2010
    Flyers Semi-Final(Conference Finals) Opponent(Canadiens)
    also beat the Penguins in the Quarter-Finals.Hopefully the
    2010 Flyers like the 1975 Flyers will win the Stanley Cup.
    Glenn Resch shouldn’t be too upset he also played for
    the Flyers.

  2. Rich Dunn - May 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    People forget the 75 Islanders came back from 0-3 to beat the Penquins in 7 games plus they almost did it again to Flyers in the next round the Islanders lost the first 3 games came back won the next 3 and lost in game 7, thats the game Kate Smith sung God Bless America in person, what a series..

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