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First week of NHL playoffs full of fast starts and blowouts

NHL playoffs a stark contrast to the regular season

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with center Steven Stamkos (91) during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series Wednesday
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with center Steven Stamkos (91) during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series Wednesday (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press via AP)
By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow, AP Hockey Writers
Turns out a two-goal lead is the safest lead in the first round of the NHL playoffs. A three-goal le
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