The Biggest Early Surprises in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Biggest Early Surprises in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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It happens every year: A week into the NHL playoffs, and fans are reeling in some cities and rocking in others. The lights are out already in Tampa Bay, Los Angeles is in a pickle, and the San Jose Sharks look like the best hockey team on the planet.

There are 16 playoff teams writing their stories, several of which contain some major surprises. Rising tides include rookies and forgotten men, while some veterans have stepped into elevator shafts.

Here are the biggest surprises so far in the 2014 playoffs.

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