NHL Playoffs: Blueprint to Pulling off a 1st-Round Playoff Upset

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NHL Playoffs: Blueprint to Pulling off a 1st-Round Playoff Upset
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The NHL saw some memorable playoff upsets last season, with the eighth-seeded Kings winning it all.

But after the Kings won as an eighth seed, the rest of the NHL is on notice; anything can happen in the playoffs.

If these playoffs are any bit as unpredictable as the 2013 regular season has been thus far (with some teams looking great one night and terrible the next), then there could be a fair number of upsets in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But how do these "underdog" teams pull off the upset? Simple.

They need a blueprint.

This slideshow will attempt to lay out the chronological blueprint by which a team can pull off a first-round playoff upset.

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