NHL: 10 Best 1-2 Punches Heading into 2012-13

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NHL: 10 Best 1-2 Punches Heading into 2012-13
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A healthy Sidney Crosby is always a threat to seize control of the game.

Every team wants a superstar player to arouse their fandom and create exciting moments.

However, if you are serious about winning, it's about having a combination of players who can both feed off each other and take the pressure off one another in the course of a game or a playoff series. When opposing teams face teams with at least two superstars, they can't focus their game plan on any one player. They have to slow down two players instead of stopping one.

It rarely works.

Perhaps the best combination in the post-expansion era was Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier in Edmonton. That duo helped the Oilers become an explosive dynasty in the mid-1980s. The pairing of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh was also sensational.

In most cases, we think of a 1-2 punch as two great offensive players that can dominate the scoreboard. However, it can also include two shutdown defensemen or two goaltenders who can cut the heart out of opposing offensive attacks.

Here's a look at the 10 best 1-2 punches heading into the upcoming season.

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