The best regular season team in NHL history is out in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the hockey world had a lot to say about it.
The best regular season team in NHL history has been knocked out in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Let that sink in.
The Florida Panthers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NHL history on Sunday thanks to Carter Verhaeghe’s overtime winner, eliminating the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins in seven games.
In fact, in terms of regular-season point differential between two teams facing off in the playoffs, it was the largest upset the league has ever seen.
The Bruins finished the 2022-23 season with a league-record 135 points, while the Panthers claimed the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with 92 points.
Talk about a David and Goliath situation.
And Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk wasn’t shy after the game, telling Sportsnet’s Caroline Cameron after the game that “it really is the biggest upset in NHL history…to every single person, other than the guys in that room.”
The Panthers’ stunning victory books them a date with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 2.
As expected, hockey fans had a lot to say after the loss. Here are some of the best reactions to the astonishing fall of the Bruins.