Only three NHL teams have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, and just one - the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs - did it in the Stanley Cup finals.
So the New Jersey Devils will either make history, or soon be history.
With a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the finals on Monday night, the Devils were pushed to the brink of elimination after a 102-point regular season.
A team that began this series looking for its fourth championship and first since 2003 is now in danger of becoming the first team to get swept in the finals since 1998, when Detroit wiped out Washington for the fourth straight sweep in the championship round.
''We're not going to quit until someone's won a fourth game,'' Devils captain Zach Parise said. ''We've got to win four straight, so our approach is just to win the next one. That's all we can do. We'll try to be at our best the next game and start from there.''
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