In sports, a team needs players to raise the level of their game to become successful and win a championship.
But that can be done in several ways.
A young player can exceed the developmental curve and perform better than expected. Or a veteran can turn back the clock and play with a renewed vigor that's infectious to his teammates. Or a player in his prime can play above and beyond his already outstanding skill and carry a team.
Either way it's viewed, they're examples of athletes stepping up and becoming responsible for a team's successes and failures.
On the New York Rangers, there are several players who have to elevate their games to make 2012-13 even better than their 109-point effort of a year ago.