NHL Playoffs 2013: Stars Who Will Continue to Light It Up

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2013

Logan Couture has been terrific in the playoffs up to this point.
Logan Couture has been terrific in the playoffs up to this point.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

With the 2013 NHL playoffs entering full swing, there have been players that have stood out from the pack as guys that will make a huge impact. 

As teams strive for the Stanley Cup, these players should continue to produce at a high level in the playoffs. 


Logan Couture, C, San Jose Sharks

As the Sharks look to sweep the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, Couture has been the primary reason the Sharks have a 3-0 series lead. 

Through the series' first three games, Couture has six points, including four in Game 3. In Game 3, he had two goals and two assists to push the Sharks over the Canucks. 

If the Sharks finish off the Canucks, they'll play the winner of the Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings series, which is currently tied at two games apiece. 

Couture will play a big role no matter who the Sharks face, and his production can make or break the Sharks' chase for a Stanley Cup title. 


David Krejci, C, Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins spoiled the Toronto Maple Leaf's first home playoff game since 2004 with a 5-2 win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. 

Krejci was the focal point of the Bruins' production, with two assists and a goal in Game 3. His three points in the game gave Krejci seven total points in the series thus far. 

He also tallied three points in Game 1 with two assists and a goal. 

If the Bruins want to grab its second Stanley Cup title in the decade, Krejci will be the man to take them there. 


Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals 

As the Capitals lead the New York Rangers 2-1 in the first round, the play of goalie Braden Holtby has been the primary reason the Capitals have control. 

In Games 1 and 2, Holtby only allowed one goal in a combined 127:53 time in goal. That included a shutout in Game 2, which the Capitals won in overtime 1-0. 

Holtby slipped up in Game 3, giving up four goals while saving just 26 shots. That allowed the Rangers to take Game 3 by a score of 4-3. 

However, if Holtby can get back on track for the rest of the series, his play between the poles will set the tone for the Capitals the rest of the way.