The Biggest Surprises Early in the 2013 NHL Playoffs

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The Biggest Surprises Early in the 2013 NHL Playoffs
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The 2013 NHL playoffs have gotten off to a roaring start, and moments like Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson's return to the lineup, the play of Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding in Game 1 and the resurgence of Boston Bruins defenseman Wade Redden have been very surprising thus far.

Part of the reason the Stanley Cup playoffs are so exciting is that every player has the chance to become a hero, and many players, including Harding, Karlsson and Redden, have elevated their games thus far.

There have been some other surprises as well, which include negative play, and players like Jonathan Quick have to step up their game.

With that in mind, here are some of the biggest surprises early into the 2013 NHL playoffs.

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