Biggest Surprises from the 1st Round of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Biggest Surprises from the 1st Round of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Jimmy Howard's steady play keyed the Detroit Red Wings' first-round playoff victory.

The first round of the NHL playoffs almost never fails to deliver its share of thrills and surprises.

There were plenty of overwhelming developments in this year's first round.

Underdogs came through with huge wins, and down-and-out favorites found a way to make miraculous comebacks.

When the first round ends, the rest of the playoffs often follow a more predictable script.

Here's a look back at the most dramatic and surprising moments of the first round.

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