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Parity reigns in Round 1 of playoffs

Updated: April 19, 2010, 3:10 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek

In the early going, there's only one word for these playoffs: PARITY! Man, these games have been so close. The Pens' 4-2 Game 3 win over the Senators was about the closest thing we've seen to a blowout. Teams are winning overtime games without even launching a shot -- but more on the Sharks and Avalanche later.

This week, we'll head into the meat of the first round. I figured it was a good time to revisit each series with a few thoughts or suggestions for the teams.

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