NHL Playoffs 2013: The Single Most Important Player in Every First-Round Series

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NHL Playoffs 2013: The Single Most Important Player in Every First-Round Series
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The 2013 NHL Playoffs start tonight with three games to kick off the schedule.

There will be 16 teams battling it out in the first round of the playoffs, but only eight will make an appearance in the second round.

These 16 teams expect their star players to make plays, while hoping that they get some heroics from some under-the-radar players.

Hockey is a team game, but there will likely be one "most important" player that will drive his team's success in this first round.

Here are the most important players in each of the eight first-round series'.

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