Grades for Montreal Canadiens' Top Stars in 1st Round of NHL Playoffs

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Grades for Montreal Canadiens' Top Stars in 1st Round of NHL Playoffs
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The Montreal Canadiens celebrate their first-round win.

The Montreal Canadiens surprised the hockey world by sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL playoffs. They now sit back and enjoy a couple of days off while awaiting the winner of the Boston vs. Detroit series. 

The Canadiens gave a total team effort in Round 1. They played with incredible balance, as all four lines and all three defensive pairings contributed. In fact, the third line stole the limelight, as Rene Bourque, Lars Eller and Brian Gionta teamed up to form Montreal's best line. 

The depth players were great, but Montreal's top stars came to play as well. They all had their say in the sweep. Yet do they all deserve top marks? 

Here are grades for the Montreal Canadiens' top stars in the first round of the NHL playoffs. 

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