Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Inspiration from the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers

During the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers
erased a 3-0 series deficit to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There are few things in sports that capture the attention and the memory of sports fans more than a comeback. It’s the story that fans share, the experience that can make an ordinary game an extraordinary moment.

There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing the odds stacked against a team only to watch it pull off the impossible. That is what the Spruce Kings must do if they are to get past the pesky Merritt Centennials in the BCHL Interior Conference Semi-Finals.

There is history on the side of the Spruce Kings with teams like the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders and 2010 Philadelphia Flyers that all erased 3-0 series leads to win the next four games.

It is never an easy task when facing elimination, but sometimes just knowing that all you can do is what you can do takes the pressure off and allows for the greatness to come out.

Looking back over the previous three games it is easy to say that bounces have played a role in how the series sits heading in to Game 4, but sometimes you have to make your own bounces. Game 3 saw just that with the Spruce Kings battling back from a two goal deficit.

The Spruce Kings used adversity and drew on the energy of the fans in the Castle to get back on an even footing and force overtime. Tonight the task is a little more daunting as they find themselves in a must win situation.

There is no looking ahead, there is only now and playing like there is no tomorrow for the Prince George Spruce Kings.

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