Biggest Takeaways from Thursday's NHL Playoff Action

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Biggest Takeaways from Thursday's NHL Playoff Action
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The Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks both won their series on Thursday night.

As the first round of the NHL's 2013 playoffs moves into crunch time, Thursday night's action saw two teams clinch victories in their series and one favorite reassert its dominance on the back of an unexpected hero.

Injuries to starting goaltenders ultimately proved to be the undoing of the Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild, who each bowed out of their series in five games.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins voluntarily banished their starter in net to the bench in favor of some fresh blood in Tomas Vokoun, who rewarded them with a shutout performance to help his team grab a 3-2 hold on its series.

Here's a look at some of the key takeaways from Thursday night's action.

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