I have said it at least ten times by now but I guess I needed to be reminded. Anything can happen in the NHL playoffs. Nothing like both the first seeds and second seeds being knocked out in the first round. I don’t think anyone could have seen all four wild cards advancing. One of the first seeds happened to be the all-time wins record-tying Tampa Bay Lightning who is now the first president’s trophy winner to not win a single game in the playoffs. Let’s not forget the San Jose Sharks coming back from a 3-1 games deficit. Or the Dallas Stars putting the division champion Nashville Predators to shame in 6 games. All in all, the thing to remember about the NHL is that you never truly know what is going to happen. The top teams could be dominant or they could be upset in the first round. This is one of the things that makes this sport the most fun to watch and is not showing any signs of stopping.
In the end, it was an incredibly exciting first round with many lead changes in both games and series. The NHL still has the best playoffs in sports. As we start to see these stories play themselves out it will be interesting to see if the wild cards continue with the upsets or whether the top teams establish dominance. Looking forward to round two!
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