I'm always looking into the origin or history of something, and sports aren't left out of that whatsoever. Sometimes doing a little research and learning about a sport or a team makes me enjoy them more. I figured we could talk about NHL Playoff upsets. Hockey is rather chaotic sport. So I figured NHL upsets would be just as chaotic. So let's get a list going, and feel free to throw any onto the pile that you can think of.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens
After the end of the 1944-1945 regular season, the Montreal Canadiens were the best team in the NHL as they had only lost 8 regular season games and finished with a record of 38-8-4 in 50 games played. On the other hand, the Toronto Maple Leafs barely finished above .500 and were not expected to put up much of a fight against a very potent Montreal team.
New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
During the mid-1970s, the New York Islanders were viewed as just another expansion franchise. That label would be removed by the end of the Isles’ playoff run in 1975 as the team beat their crosstown rivals (New York Rangers) in a 3 game preliminary round and had two more memorable rounds with the Penguins and Flyers afterward.
Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche
In the 2002-2003 season, Minnesota dropped three straight against the Avalanche and things looked pretty grim for the Wild. However, the Wild were able to pull out three straight victories by the score of 3-2 as overtime heroics from players such as Andrew Brunette and Richard Park allowed Minnesota to come back from a 3-1 series deficit and bump the number 3 seeded Avs.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins
The Philadelphia Flyers were the most recent NHL team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit when they beat the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. Despite being in a hole, Philadelphia opted to trust Michael Leighton and the goalie rewarded the decision as he helped the team mount a historic comeback against the Bruins.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers
In 1982, this series had it all. Wild scoring, Wayne Gretzky, and a miraculous comeback on behalf of the Los Angeles Kings.However, this series might just be remembered for the Miracle on Manchester as it was undoubtedly the biggest turning point of the series for both teams. The Edmonton Oilers came into the series boasting players such as Wayne Gretzky, Grant Fuhr, Jarri Kuri, Mark Messier, and Paul Coffey, but the Los Angeles Kings found a way to upset the powerhouse Oilers.
Can you think of some better ones? These are pretty historical, perhaps someone can think of more recent upsets or comebacks in the playoffs.