All-hockey March Madness: upsets in the first round

Upsets abound in our all-fun, all-hockey March Madness bracket. See who survived and who went home after the initial opening round clashes in the worldwide tournament.

They don’t call it March Madness for nothing and in our fictitious all-hockey bracket, there were some upsets in round one. Sure, the majority of NHL teams got through, but the Zurich Lions shocked Columbus and are the lowest seed moving on to the second round. In other upsets, the talented Frolunda Indians, a Swedish squad featuring several great NHL prospects (Alexander Wennberg, Andreas Johnson and Sebastian Collberg to name a few) and a brilliant coach in Roger Ronnberg, knocked off a dispirited Florida Panthers team. And as much as Alexander Burmistrov wanted his revenge on Winnipeg, he just couldn’t get his Ak Bars team past the Jets. Elsewhere, the Calgary Flames succumbed to KHL power Dynamo Moscow. Below you’ll find out second-round matchups in this whimsical tournament.

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(1) St. Louis Blues vs. (8) Edmonton Oilers

(5) Dallas Stars vs. (4) Toronto Maple Leafs

(6) New Jersey Devils vs. (3) Minnesota Wild

(7) Nashville Predators vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins


(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (9) Skelleftea

(5) Vancouver Canucks vs. (13) Zurich Lions

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (3) Philadelphia Flyers

(10) Frolunda Indians vs. (2) Los Angeles Kings


(1) Boston Bruins vs (8) Metallurg Magnitogorsk

(5) Washington Capitals vs. (4) Phoenix Coyotes

(6) Winnipeg Jets vs. (3) Montreal Canadiens

(10) Dynamo Moscow vs. (2) Colorado Avalanche


(1) Anaheim Ducks vs. (8) SKA St. Petersburg

(5) Detroit Red Wings vs. (4) NY Rangers

(6) Ottawa Senators vs. (3) Tampa Bay Lightning

(7) NY Islanders vs. (2) Chicago Blackhawks