NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Biggest First-Round Upsets in Postseason History

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Biggest First-Round Upsets in Postseason History
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With the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs set to get underway tonight, fans will be treated to some very intriguing matchups on the ice. Regardless of the series, there will be some very exciting hockey on display this spring, and there will be something for everyone.

Bad blood is already boiling over in some cases, while other series are shaping up to be incredible goaltending battles or exciting offensive matchups.

There are many different things to like about the NHL postseason. The rivalries that develop over the course of a series, the incredible overtime games and the playoff atmosphere that consumes a team's city are just a few examples.

But the most thrilling aspect of all may be the potential for an upset. After all, everybody loves a good Cinderella story, and the NHL has treated fans to a fair number of them over the years.

But which upset was the most surprising?

To find out, let’s take a look at some of the teams that overcame great odds to do the unthinkable, and achieve victory.

The list certainly doesn’t reflect too kindly on No.1 seeds. So, Vancouver and New York, consider yourselves warned.

Here are the 10 biggest opening-round upsets in NHL history.

Is there a different series that should be on the list? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think is the biggest opening round upset in NHL history.

You can continue the conversation on Twitter @GianlucaNesci

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