Stanley Cup surprises litter opening round

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is the best round because it’s laden with surprises.

Sharks' overtime win

Sharks celebrate Devin Setoguchi's overtime goal that completes their comeback win in Los Angeles Harry How/Getty Images

Big ones. Small ones. And, the way things are going so far, we may be treated to a lot of Games Seven on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are a few of the more shocking things about this year’s first round so far.

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It’s Stanley Cup time!

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us! Stanley Cup PlayoffsAnd please do not refer to them as the NHL Playoffs. No such animal exists. They are the Stanley Cup Playoffs, prominently promoting the greatest trophy in the history of sports. It is the greatest time of year. I often tell my family that, when I ultimately kick the bucket, I hope it happens in July – after the Cup is awarded. Yep, that seems about right. Time to predict the first round of sweeps and upsets. (more…)

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