The quest for a Stanley Cup centers on team cohesion and consistency. Each squad is only as good as the sum of its parts.
But when the outcome of a momentum-swinging game is hanging in the balance, superstars must rise to the occasion. It's a requirement that comes with the moniker.
A first round filled with tightly contested series, featuring 17 overtime outcomes, left eight teams standing on hockey's greatest stage. Some star players helped propel their organization one step closer to a title, while others were left by the wayside wondering what went wrong.
Here, we put the focus on 10 captivating players who entered the postseason with the weight of a city's hopes on their shoulders. It's time to assess how these franchise cornerstones have fared under immense pressure.