The Philadelphia Flyers cast a shadow over all three Game 7's held on April 30. Of course, the Flyers made the biggest impact in a Game 7 they were actually in, as they tried to upset the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Yet as it turned out, several former Philadelphia players had far more success than the current ones, as Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and even Ilya Bryzgalov moved on instead of their ex-teammates.
After the Flyers lost to the New York Rangers by 2-1 and wasted the work of goalie Steve Mason, former Philadelphia goalie Bryzgalov had to step in for the Minnesota Wild against the Colorado Avalanche. Regular starter Darcy Kuemper came out midway through the third period due to injury, leaving Bryzgalov to keep the Wild afloat. However, rallying from adversity was common for the Wild in this series.
Minnesota erased a 2-0 and 3-2 series deficit over the Central Division champions to reach Game 7, where it erased a one-goal deficit four times. It all paid off with an overtime goal from Nino Niederreiter, giving the Wild the Game 7 road win that the Flyers couldn't get in New York. What's more, Bryzgalov may need to stay in net when Minnesota takes on the Chicago Blackhawks in the next round.
The Wild made a rally and the Flyers didn't, yet none of them had anything on the Los Angeles Kings. With a 5-1 Game 7 win over the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles became the fourth team in Stanley Cup playoff history to erase a 3-0 series deficit. The last one to do it was the 2010 Flyers over the Boston Bruins -- when current Kings Carter and Richards were on their roster.
Carter and Richards are now the first players in NHL history to be part of two 3-0 series comebacks. Yet Carter was the only one to score a point in Game 7, as he assisted the Kings' first goal on a Drew Doughty power play tally. He finished the series with two goals and four assists, while Richards only had one assist.
Bryzgalov, Carter and Richards had unceremonious ends with the Flyers, though Carter and Richards got the last laugh by winning the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012. Now once again, several former Flyers are going deeper in the Stanley Cup playoffs than their current counterparts.