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Cam Neely never experienced something like Bruins’ Game 7 comeback

May 15, 2013, 12:23 AM EST

Cam Neely AP

Cam Neely was a part of some memorable moments during his NHL career, but he told CBS Boston’s Felger & Mazz that he’s never experienced anything quite like the Boston Bruins’ stunning comeback from a 4-1 deficit against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7.

“Someone asked me that earlier today,” Neely said. “I remember a lot of great, exciting playoff games. But to put it in comparison is tough to do, because you’re talking about Game 7. To come back from three goals in a Game 7 to win the series. That particular game, although it was an extremely exciting comeback for us, it wasn’t to keep the series alive, it was to get back into the series.

“I don’t know if you can find a Game 7 in any sport that’s had this type of situation, with that much time left in the game.”

At the very least, Neely is right about this comeback being one-of-a-kind. The Bruins became the first team to overcome a three-goal third-period deficit in a Game 7 when they did so on Monday.

  1. girouxed - May 15, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    They better win it all this year.

    They have to get past the dirty birds first.

  2. mustbechris - May 15, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Yes he has, the Flyers did it to the Bruins in 2010.

    • nosefacekillah - May 15, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      besides that….

      I think the more memorable part was the 2 goals in the last 90 seconds to send it to overtime. It was the second time this season the Bruins scored twice with the goalie pulled to tie the game. I had never seen it before, now twice in one year.

    • rje49 - May 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      That wasn’t all in the 3rd period as stated. Phil., behind 3-0, scored 1 before the first period ended, 2 in the second to tie, then 1 in the 3rd.

  3. swizzler16 - May 15, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    The 2005 Champions League final might be comparable. Down 0-3 at halftime, Liverpool came back to tie the game 3-3, then went on to beat AC Milan on penalties.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 15, 2013 at 4:22 AM

      Soccer doesn’t count.

      • dannymac17 - May 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        What the hell? How does it not count, just cause its not celebrated in the states doesnt mean it doesnt count you imbecile.

        That game was one of the greatest games to ever been played.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Fortunately I don’t live in the States and I refrain from attacking people personally on the internet. When you do that your comment needs to be flawless, and I don’t have the focus to ensure that. Clearly neither do you.

      • kmacle - May 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Soccer does not count. It’s the metric system of sports: OK to teach to 3rd graders, and just fine for Europeans, but not unacceptable to American adults.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Woah now, don’t be trashing the metric system.

      • dannymac17 - May 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Too bad you are still in fact an imbecile.

    • tightbutth0le - May 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      The Liverpool final is a good one, or you could go with last years Chelsea comeback against Napoli. Napoli goes up 3-1 on aggregate in the first leg at home, and Chelsea let’s Napoli score an away goal to force the Blues to score 4 goals to advance. Pretty intense stuff.

      And to anyone who ignores soccer because of its reputation in the states, you seriously miss out on some of the most competitive and intense 90 minutes of your life. The only thing that beats its intensity is hockey.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Meh I can like soccer if I’m in Europe watching a Euro Cup or World Cup game where everyone watching is way too into it. But, in a vacuum, how can a 1-0 or 0-0 game decided on penalty kicks (worst idea ever) be intense?

  4. ironmike778 - May 15, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Soccer?? You bring soccer into this?? LMAO!

    • tlndma - May 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      The only time soocer should be brought into a hockey conversation is , when discussing Montreal’s embellishment tactics.

      • hockeydon10 - May 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Or the night Jaromir Jagr almost killed Sean Avery:

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        I don’t think it’s possible to get tired of watching that.

  5. phillyphanatic77 - May 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    The Flyers series comeback from down 3-0 (including 3-0 in game 7) was more epic overall, but even that game 7 doesn’t compare to this. To be down 4-1 with 10 minutes left on your season, then to mount a comeback like that is just amazing. Most teams would’ve been resigned to the fact that their season is done, but they just chipped away. And Toronto was already having visions of round two. They thought they had won. Boston worked really hard for the victory, but it was certainly helped by the Leafs prevent defense. Never understood why teams sit back with leads, it can be the kiss of death.

    • gallyhatch - May 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      The Philly comeback in 2010 was not the first time a hockey team rallied to win the series after being down 3-0 in a best of seven series. (I think it was the third time in the NHL? Correct me if I’m wrong).

      Monday night was an unprecedented 3rd period comeback.

  6. spitfisher - May 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    The bruins were very much banged up in 2010, key players were missing due to injury also a inexperienced playoff goalie, not an excuse, but it is relative to the break down.

    Mondays game, Siedenberg, our starting left side defenseman was gone n the first 37 minutes of the game, Redden was also sidelined, 2 rookies were used, with zero playoff experience, Chara logged 37 minutes. Our top scores Marchand and Tyler Sequin were obviously n factors in the entire series, so with 10 minutes left in the 3rd the need for 3 goals just to get back into was just amazing. My feeling at the break of regulation is they would win in OT, it had to be devastation for Toronto who was also trying to make their own history of a come back.

    In my opinion……The only sporting event that this may compare to this, also involves New England was the USA ryder cup victory at the country club, Brookline mass, what appeared to be an insurmountable come back on the final day to defeat Europe.

  7. cliverush - May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    What is this sport soccer that people speak of? Is that the one I see of TV where the players attempt to pretend they are injured and act like Kindergarten children, crying and whining. Little girls on the local teams have more toughness then those Euro weenies.

  8. barkar942 - May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I think this qualifies.

  9. jabtot - May 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Whoa….Lets slow down a bit. I give the Bruins full marks for their game 7 comeback over the Leafs.
    To call it the greatest comeback in any sport?? I think Cam is still riding the high, and not really thinking. The Bruins got themselves to a game 7 by totally writing the Leafs off. Secondly, the Leafs are a real young team. They are on the cusp of doing something special…but not now. I was shocked that the “B’s” had such trouble with the Leafs young goaltender.

    The greatest comeback in sports is without a doubt, the Buffalo Bills 1991 comeback against the Oilers in the Wild Card Playoff game. That game was also a game 7. The Bills were losing 35-3 with just a little over 12 mins left in the third quarter. The Bills were missing Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, and Biscuit Bennett to injuries. We all know what happened in the second half. It takes much more effort to pull off a football comeback than a hockey one. The Mets beating Red Sox in the World Series is a close second in my opinion.

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