1 -- The number of times in the five post-seasons since the lockout that the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference has made it to the Eastern Conference Final. The top-seeded Buffalo Sabres made it in 2007, only to lose in five games to the #4 Ottawa Senators.
The other recent #1 seeds have fared thusly:
- 2010: #1 Washington Capitals lost in the first round to the #8 Montreal Canadiens
- 2009: #1 Boston Bruins lost in the second round to the #6 Carolina Hurricanes
- 2008: #1 Montreal Canadiens lost in the second round to the #6 Philadelphia Flyers
- 2006: #1 Ottawa Senators lost in the second round to the #4 Buffalo Sabres