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Round 1 Takeaways: How the Lightning and Hurricanes won their series

As the opening round series results start to roll in, we're going to highlight some key trends that helped push the winning teams over the top. Since styles tend to make fights this time of year, it's useful to identify what teams have specifically been doing well to generate positive outcomes.

Rather than just running traditional recaps though, we'll hopefully be able to spin it forward by pulling some actionable bits of information out that will be relevant for the following round(s) to come as well. 

We've already taken a look at how the Avalanche used their defensemen to throttle the Blues, and the importance of goaltending in a playoff setting. This time, we're going to discuss how the Lightning and Hurricanes took care of business, helping set up the heavyweight battle in round two we've all been waiting for.

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NHL Carolina Hurricanes Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman Alex Killorn Nikita Kucherov Brayden Point Steven Stamkos Rod Brind'Amour
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