Wednesday picks: Caps will win Game 4 

April, 20, 2011

Talk about a crazy playoff game! Down 4-0 early in the second period and looking dead in the water, the San Jose Sharks suddenly surfaced and went on a goal feeding frenzy to force overtime. In the extra time, Devin Setoguchi buried a nice cross-ice feed from Patrick Marleau to complete the second-biggest comeback in Stanley Cup playoff history.

Oddly enough, the biggest Cup playoff comeback also took place in L.A. In 1982, the Los Angeles Kings overcame a 5-0 third-period deficit against the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers to score a shocking 6-5 OT win. That game is remembered as "the Miracle on Manchester." That moniker came from the fact that the Forum -- the Kings' former home -- was located on Manchester Boulevard. I guess last night's comeback can be dubbed "the Stunner at Staples" … or something like that.

These kinds of things are impossible to predict, and the first-round games to this point have been generally tough to figure out. I won't let that deter me, however, from picking a winner in each of tonight's five playoff games.

During the regular season, choosing only the games played on Tuesdays, I finished with a pretty solid 107-81 mark. Can I pick my prognosticating game up a notch for a Wednesday night in the postseason? Let's find out:

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.