Each spring, legends are born during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as each NHL team embarks on the physically and mentally taxing quest to capture arguably the most difficult championship trophy in all of professional sports.
On each Stanley Cup-winning team's roster, there are players that have proved their worth by leading their teammates to victory—both by putting on dominating performances and coming up with timely contributions at critical stages of big games.
The plays that superstars are remembered for don't typically occur during the regular season, primarily because it's much harder to stand out when every team is leaving everything they have on the ice.
Take Steve Yzerman, for example. The moments he's most remembered for are his clutch goals and sacrifices made during the postseason, despite the fact that he's got a highlight reel's worth of tallies during the regular season.
With that in mind, here are the nine best leaders in Stanley Cup Playoff history.