Biggest Takeaways from Friday's NHL Playoff Action

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Biggest Takeaways from Friday's NHL Playoff Action
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

The fourth night of the 2013 NHL playoffs featured the return of Sidney Crosby to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup after he missed 13 games with a jaw injury.

Even though he played well, Crosby was unable to help the Penguins take a 2-0 series lead. The New York Islanders were able to even the series with an impressive 4-3 victory.

The Montreal Canadiens also avoided a 2-0 series deficit with a bounce-back game from star goaltender Carey Price, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced.

In the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks both took 2-0 leads in their respective series with impressive performances.

Let's look at the biggest takeaways from Friday night's playoff action, but first, here's a recap of the scores from the four games:

  • Montreal 3, Ottawa 1 (Series tied 1-1)
  • New York 4, Pittsburgh 3 (Series tied 1-1)
  • Chicago 5, Minnesota 2 (Blackhawks lead 2-0)
  • San Jose 3, Vancouver 2 (Sharks lead 2-0)
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