NHL Playoffs: 12 Most Surprising Performances in Stanley Cup Finals History

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NHL Playoffs: 12 Most Surprising Performances in Stanley Cup Finals History
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Each year, legends are born during the Stanley Cup Finals, as players leave lasting impressions with their performances on hockey's grandest stage.  

Though the vast majority of the postseason heroes end up being the usual suspects like superstars, captains or franchise goaltenders, there have been exceptions to that rule.

In recent NHL history, a number of players previously regarded as grinders, role players or journeymen who have seized the moment, and become household names due to their game-winning goals, show-stopping saves or timely sacrifices that helped keep their teams' postseason aspirations alive.  

With that in mind, here's a look at the top 12 most surprising performances in recent Stanley Cup Finals history.  

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