NHL Power Rankings: Five Biggest Hitters in the Eastern Conference

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NHL Power Rankings: Five Biggest Hitters in the Eastern Conference
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The letters on the jersey don't matter to Ranger defenseman Dan Girardi (right) as he knocks Zach Parise around.

There are only a certain number of things that can really spark a team throughout the course of a game. Whether it's a beautiful individual effort for a goal, a vicious fight or a bone-crushing hit, these events seem to get everyone out of their seats.

When a good hit is coming, people can feel them. The action slows to a crawl. Fans hold their breath. The stadium grows quiet. Then, someone lowers the boom.

Throughout the course of a season, there are tons of solid hits and tons of good hitters, but it takes something special to get to the level of greatness that these guys hit—literally.

This is not based on the number of hits these guys ended with but the number of bone-crushing, crowd-pleasing, breathtaking hits, showcased with a video example of each.

The five biggest hitters are featured here.

Let the debate, and the body-smashing, begin.

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