Down 3-1 in Stanley Cup Final, history's not on Golden Knights' side

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After taking a 1-0 series lead, the Vegas Golden Knights have dropped three straight games and are now a single loss away from watching the Washington Capitals claim their first-ever Stanley Cup.

The Golden Knights are now the 34th team in NHL history to fall behind 3-1 in the Cup Final, and in the 33 previous instances, only once has a team come back to win it all.

The lone time being in 1942 when the Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a 3-0 series deficit against the Detroit Red Wings, winning four straight to capture their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

If there is any reason for the Golden Knights to be optimistic, it is Washington's record when leading a series 3-1, where they are just 7-5. To put that into perspective, the rest of the NHL have a combined record of 269-23 in those instances.

The Golden Knights' daunting task of prolonging the series starts when they return home for Game 5 on Thursday.

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Down 3-1 in Stanley Cup Final, history's not on Golden Knights' side
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