Rank 'Em: NHL First-Round Upsets

Created: April 27, 2010, 10:57 AM

Which upsets are Jaroslav Halak and the Canadiens chasing?

What are the greatest first-round upsets in NHL playoff history?

The Capitals cruised to the Presidents Trophy top seed in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, but their playoff fate hinges on Game 7 against a Canadiens team that barely advanced to the postseason. Of course, the Capitals would hardly be alone as a No. 1 or No. 2 seed whose season came to an unexpectedly abrupt end in the first round. Chalk it up to hot goalies, unlucky bounces or just the pressure of the moment, but upsets aren't much of a surprise in hockey

Looking at the 12 candidates below, which first-round upset are the Canadiens chasing as the most memorable? Upset winner are listed below; scroll over the logo for details of the series.


 
 
  • No. 8 Ducks beat No. 1 Sharks
    Series: 4-2
  • No. 8 Oilers beat No. 1 Red Wings
    Series: 4-2
  • No. 7 Ducks beat No. 2 Red Wings
    Series: 4-0
  • No. 8 Canadiens beat No. 1 Bruins
    Series: 4-2
  • No. 7 Kings beat No. 2 Red Wings
    Series: 4-2
  • No. 7 Maple Leafs beat No. 2 Senators
    Series: 4-0
  • No. 8 Sharks beat No. 1 Blues
    Series: 4-3
  • No. 7 Oilers beat No. 2 Avalanche
    Series: 4-3
  • No. 8 Senators beat No. 1 Devils
    Series: 4-2
  • No. 7 Oilers vs. No. 2 Stars
    Series: 4-3
  • No. 8 Sharks beat No. 1 Red Wings
    Series: 4-3
  • No. 4 (Smythe) Kings beat No. 1 (Smythe) Oilers
    Series: 3-2