Superstars often mean the difference between winning and losing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
This is a game that is about winning, and it's the winning that's done in the postseason that usually cements or denies a player's reputation as a superstar.
A high-scoring player is not necessarily a superstar. A player who can score 40 goals in the regular season—in a full 82-game schedule—will often earn a lot of money and headlines.
However, if that player can't produce at the same level in the postseason, the superstar label won't fit.
It's not just about scoring either. It's about making the key plays that help a team win the most important games on a consistent basis with a pass, a shot, a body check or a key save.
Here's what we've learned about the NHL's top superstars in this year's playoffs.