Lightning, NHL's top regular-season team, gets swept: Here are 8 other postseason flops


SportsPulse: The Tampa Bay Lighting just completed one of the worst collapses in sports history. USA TODAY’s Trysta Krick puts the collapse into perspective by looking at the worst in other sports.

In near-unfathomable fashion, the Tampa Bay Lightning were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Tuesday night — swept in the first round by the last team in the Eastern Conference field, the Columbus Blue Jackets.   

Tuesday’s 7-3 loss in Columbus was the final blow for a Tampa Bay team that won an NHL record-tying 62 games in the regular season and led the league in several categories, including goals (319) and penalty-kill percentage (85%). 

The Lightning’s loss will likely go down as one of the worst playoff flops in NHL history, but how does it compare to others in sports? Here’s a look at eight more shocking playoff flops over the past 30 years.

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