Ranking the 5 Biggest Early Surprises in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Ranking the 5 Biggest Early Surprises in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
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During Sunday’s brief, inactive interlude between the end of Game 3 of Chicago vs. Minnesota and the start of Game 3 of Montreal vs. Ottawa, the top echelon of the NHL’s playoff scoring leaderboard was permeated with prime suspects.

Evgeni Malkin stands alone at the top with six points, followed by a three-party tie for second between Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Jarome Iginla.

Not that any of that is boring, but the Stanley Cup tournament is not in its prototypical form without some more intriguing performances. That, and some early underachievement from talented teams and individuals, whether self-imposed or the product of exemplary valiance on the part of their underdog adversaries.

With some series trading venues as early as Saturday and all raring to hit the three-game mark no later than Monday, here is a quick look at the postseason’s top five head-turning developments so far.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via nhl.com and are through afternoon games of Sunday, May 5

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