As we approach the second weekend of 2013 NHL Stanley Cup playoff action it's an appropriate time to put the events up to this point in perspective. There have been surprising outcomes, dominant performances and stunning individual efforts.
We've witnessed some of the sport's stars rise to the occasion once again on hockey's greatest stage, but it's often the role players who provide an extra push in the chase for championship immortality. Although the members of this list may be overlooked at times, each has played a tremendously crucial role in propelling their respective squads so far this postseason.
Here's a review of a few key team cogs who may not be soaking in the limelight of more popular counterparts, but currently command a tip of the cap for how they've performed during the playoff crunch.