What is the biggest NHL comeback in playoff history?

The Los Angeles Kings have the biggest comeback win in playoff history, having come back from a 5 goal deficit. In game 3 of the 1982 First Round, the Kings were trailing 0-5 in the 3rd period against the Edmonton Oilers on Apr 10, 1982, and came back and won the game 6-5.

Biggest NHL Playoff Comebacks

Date Team Opponent Goal Deficit Final Score
1 Sat, Apr 10, 1982 Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers 5 0-5, 3rd 6-5
2 Tue, Apr 19, 2011 San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings 4 0-4, 2nd 6-5
Sun, Apr 28, 1985 Minnesota North Stars @ Chicago Black Hawks 4 0-4, 2nd 5-4
Thu, Apr 8, 1971 Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins 4 1-5, 2nd 7-5
5 Mon, Apr 22, 2024 Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Islanders 3 0-3, 2nd 5-3
Tue, May 7, 2024 Colorado Avalanche @ Dallas Stars 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Wed, May 8, 2024 Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers 3 1-4, 2nd 5-4
Sun, Apr 23, 2023 Edmonton Oilers @ Los Angeles Kings 3 0-3, 2nd 5-4
Mon, Apr 24, 2023 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning 3 1-4, 3rd 5-4
Wed, May 11, 2022 Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals 3 0-3, 2nd 5-3
Wed, May 25, 2022 St. Louis Blues @ Colorado Avalanche 3 0-3, 2nd 5-4
Sun, May 23, 2021 Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers 3 1-4, 3rd 5-4
Thu, Aug 6, 2020 Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Thu, Aug 20, 2020 Dallas Stars @ Calgary Flames 3 0-3, 1st 7-3
Fri, Aug 7, 2020 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Columbus Blue Jackets 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Wed, Apr 10, 2019 Columbus Blue Jackets @ Tampa Bay Lightning 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Tue, Apr 23, 2019 San Jose Sharks vs Vegas Golden Knights 3 0-3, 3rd 5-4
Tue, May 1, 2018 Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators 3 0-3, 2nd 7-4
Fri, May 5, 2017 Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Mon, Apr 17, 2017 Anaheim Ducks @ Calgary Flames 3 1-4, 2nd 5-4
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks 3 0-3, 1st 7-4
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 Chicago Blackhawks @ Nashville Predators 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins 3 0-3, 1st 4-3
Mon, May 13, 2013 Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs 3 1-4, 3rd 5-4
Tue, Apr 17, 2012 Florida Panthers @ New Jersey Devils 3 0-3, 1st 4-3
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Sat, May 21, 2011 Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 3 0-3, 2nd 5-3
Wed, Apr 20, 2011 Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Fri, May 14, 2010 Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins 3 0-3, 1st 4-3
Sat, Apr 24, 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Sat, Apr 17, 2010 Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens 3 1-4, 2nd 6-5
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers 3 0-3, 2nd 5-3
Sun, Apr 13, 2008 Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks 3 0-3, 1st 4-3
Fri, Apr 25, 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers 3 0-3, 2nd 5-4
Mon, Jun 5, 2006 Carolina Hurricanes vs Edmonton Oilers 3 0-3, 2nd 5-4
Thu, May 9, 2002 Carolina Hurricanes @ Montreal Canadiens 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Wed, Apr 18, 2001 Los Angeles Kings vs Detroit Red Wings 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Mon, Apr 27, 1998 St. Louis Blues @ Los Angeles Kings 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Sat, Apr 26, 1997 Colorado Avalanche @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 0-3, 1st 6-3
Sun, Apr 20, 1997 Edmonton Oilers vs Dallas Stars 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Wed, Apr 17, 1996 Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins 3 1-4, 2nd 6-4
Tue, May 24, 1994 Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Sat, Apr 24, 1993 Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins 3 2-5, 2nd 6-5
Sat, Apr 24, 1993 New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Tue, Apr 27, 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Detroit Red Wings 3 1-4, 2nd 5-4
Tue, May 26, 1992 Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks 3 1-4, 2nd 5-4
Mon, Apr 8, 1991 Chicago Blackhawks @ Minnesota North Stars 3 2-5, 2nd 6-5
Tue, Apr 16, 1991 Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames 3 0-3, 1st 5-4
Wed, Apr 11, 1990 Boston Bruins @ Hartford Whalers 3 2-5, 3rd 6-5
Fri, Apr 6, 1990 Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota North Stars 3 0-3, 1st 5-3
Thu, Apr 6, 1989 Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres 3 0-3, 2nd 5-3
Sun, Apr 10, 1988 Edmonton Oilers @ Winnipeg Jets 3 0-3, 2nd 5-3
Sun, Apr 10, 1988 New York Islanders @ New Jersey Devils 3 0-3, 2nd 5-4
Sun, Apr 10, 1988 Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals 3 1-4, 3rd 5-4
Sat, Apr 16, 1988 Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 3 0-3, 2nd 5-4
Fri, May 22, 1987 Philadelphia Flyers vs Edmonton Oilers 3 0-3, 2nd 5-3
Thu, Apr 16, 1987 Quebec Nordiques vs Hartford Whalers 3 1-4, 2nd 5-4
Mon, May 12, 1986 St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames 3 2-5, 3rd 6-5
Sat, Apr 26, 1986 St. Louis Blues vs Toronto Maple Leafs 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Sun, Apr 14, 1985 Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens 3 1-4, 2nd 7-6
Thu, Apr 18, 1985 Minnesota North Stars @ Chicago Black Hawks 3 0-3, 1st 8-5
Wed, Apr 10, 1985 Winnipeg Jets vs Calgary Flames 3 1-4, 2nd 5-4
Fri, Apr 13, 1984 Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers 3 1-4, 2nd 6-5
Sat, Apr 28, 1984 Edmonton Oilers @ Minnesota North Stars 3 2-5, 2nd 8-5
Tue, Apr 5, 1983 Boston Bruins vs Quebec Nordiques 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Mon, Apr 18, 1983 Chicago Black Hawks @ Minnesota North Stars 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Wed, Apr 7, 1982 Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers 3 1-4, 1st 10-8
Sat, Apr 10, 1982 New York Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Sun, Apr 17, 1977 Philadelphia Flyers @ Toronto Maple Leafs 3 2-5, 3rd 6-5
Sun, Apr 14, 1974 Philadelphia Flyers @ Atlanta Flames 3 0-3, 2nd 4-3
Sat, Apr 27, 1968 St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota North Stars 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Thu, Apr 6, 1967 Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers 3 1-4, 3rd 6-4
Thu, Apr 13, 1944 Montreal Canadiens vs Chicago Black Hawks 3 1-4, 3rd 5-4
Sun, Mar 21, 1943 Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens 3 0-3, 2nd 5-4
Thu, Apr 9, 1936 Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings 3 0-3, 3rd 4-3
Tue, Mar 24, 1931 Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens 3 1-4, 3rd 5-4

What is the biggest NHL 3rd period comeback in playoff history?

Unbelievably, the biggest 3rd period comeback win in playoff history is the same as the largest comeback win in playoff history, no matter the period, namely the Los Angeles Kings coming back from a 5 goal deficit on Apr 10, 1982 in the 3rd period, and winning the game 6-5 in overtime.

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