The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in a sweep in the 1st round of the 2018-2019 NHL playoffs. Outside of this occurrence, what was the worst result for a President's Trophy winner in the playoffs?

There must have been some that got outed in the first round, but if so, what was the game score? 4-3? 4-1?

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There have been eight NHL teams thus far to win the President's Trophy but be eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The worst Stanley Cup finish by a President's Trophy winner was in 2018-19 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were eliminated in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets, in a 4-0 series.

Other President's Trophy winners eliminated in the first round are


As of the 2023 playoffs, The 2022-23 Boston Bruins now holds the worst result as a presidents trophy winner. Had a record breaking regular season only for them to lose in the first round to the Florida Panthers in 7 game. The Bruins blew a 3-1 series lead

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    1st round 0-4 has already been given by an existing answer, how does 1st round 3-4 form a worse playoff record?
    – Nij
    May 21, 2023 at 22:49

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