This wasn't a loss; this was a collapse

Updated: April 29, 2010, 1:55 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- "History will be made."

The NHL's catchphrase is a reminder every night of the playoffs.

And this was history all right, a collapse of historic proportions.

Defying all logic, the NHL's best regular-season team by a country mile folded in spectacular fashion, losing Game 7 of its conference quarterfinals series 2-1 and becoming the first No. 1 seed to blow a 3-1 series lead in the playoffs to an 8-seed.

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