BOSTON — The Penguins will attempt to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in sports history beginning Friday in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins.
If the Penguins are looking for inspiration, it's all around them.
Their minor league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre rallied from three games down to win a series earlier this spring.
Also, the 2010 Bruins — most of the core from that team remains — blew a 3-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Penguins defiantly promised that they believe they can come back, even though such a feat has been orchestrated only three times in NHL history.
“If you're betting right now, you're not betting on the Penguins,” center Brandon Sutter said. “But we're not going to quit. By no means are we going to break down and quit now.”
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he believes center Evgeni Malkin was illegally hooked by right wing Jaromir Jagr moments before center Patrice Bergeron's game-winning goal in Game 3.
“Just looking at the play, there's no question — it's a battle along the boards right in front of our bench with Jagr — there's a hook,” Bylsma said. “But I'm not sure, at that point in the game, I thought for one second with how the game was being called, did I expect a call at all on the play.”
Orpik OK after hit
Defenseman Brooks Orpik's head was knocked into the glass by Boston left wing Milan Lucic in double overtime during Game 3. Orpik was stunned from the impact, standing for a few moments by the boards before slowly skating to the bench. Bylsma said Orpik is not dealing with any medical issues from the hit.
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