We're going to have a new Stanley Cup champ this year.
Dallas finished off the defending champs from Anaheim with four unanswered goals in the third period, winning a series in six games that almost every pundit (including yours truly) picked the Ducks to run away with.
It's actually quite remarkable how difficult it has been for teams to stay on top lately. Both Anaheim and Ottawa, last year's finalists, have been bounced in the first round, and the other postlockout Cup finalists, Carolina and Edmonton, didn't make the playoffs this year.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, was the NHL's worst team in 2007-08 after winning the Cup three seasons ago.
I believe the Ducks are now the fifth consecutive champion to lose in the first round (or not make the playoffs at all) the season after going all the way. Hard to believe.
Give Dallas credit: They took an us-against-the-world mentality and turned it into a convincing win, and they'll now face either San Jose or Colorado, depending on who wins Game 7 in the Sharks-Flames series.
And how about Stephane Robidas, broken nose and all, in this one? He's a had a great turn replacing Sergei Zubov.
If they can keep scoring goals like this did in this series, with 20 in six games, they'll be in the mix to come out of the West.