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As the NHL season speeds forward, surprises abound

Updated: February 21, 2013, 4:49 PM ET
Associated Press

This unusual NHL season is already one third of the way over, with roughly two more months for teams to grind through the lockout-condensed schedule. With so many games packed into the winter, unpredictable developments were, well, predictable. Here's a rundown of some of the biggest surprises so far:

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