True to form, Sunday's NHL playoff contests were as closely contested as many of the other games in this postseason.
The Detroit Red Wings prevailed to finalize the Western Conference semifinal matchups, while the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs each squeaked out one-goal victories on home ice to force Game 7 in their respective series.
The first round is traditionally one of the most exciting periods in pro sports. Let's grade the 16 teams that have participated.
Both expectations and performance factor in—two teams that achieved basically the same result could be graded quite differently depending on their path to the playoffs and how they were expected to perform.