There can be no debate about this: The Philadelphia Flyers are resilient. They made the playoffs in Game 82. They survived four key injuries in the Eastern Conference playoffs, including one to their then-starting goaltender. They became the first team since 1975 to rally from a 3-0 series deficit.
Another team may have been crushed after this moment during a 3-3 overtime tie in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals -- when the horn sounded, Simon Gagne(notes) celebrated and then euphoria morphed into dread.
Gagne's shot trickled across the goal line. Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi(notes) covered the puck as the horn sounded, and before Jeff Carter(notes) could stab it past him. Several minutes later, referee Bill McCreary signaled no-goal because of the following decision by the NHL War Room:
Video review at 5:02 of overtime was used to determine whether the puck shot by the Flyers Simon Gagne crossed the goal line. Replays showed conclusively that the puck did not cross the goal line prior to the referee killing the play dead. No goal.
Orange crushed? No way. The Flyers kept pushing, kept tilting the ice, until the 5:59 mark of overtime when Matt Carle's(notes) shot was deflected by Claude Giroux(notes) for the thrilling 4-3 victory.
Flyers win, making this a 2-1 series with Game 4 set for Friday night. More analysis to come, but we have ourselves a series again.