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Sidney Crosby is the best player in hockey. Crosby is still feeling the impact of the broken jaw he suffered March 30, but that hasn't stopped him from putting the puck in the net. Crosby has already scored 15 points, and he is not yet at his best. If he can find his full stride against the Bruins, it may be too much for them to overcome.
Evgeni Malkin already has one Conn Smythe Trophy on his mantle, and he could have another by the time the postseason is over. Malkin (16 points) is one of the most dynamic players in the game. He can dominate with explosive one-on-one moves and his wicked shooting touch, but he will also deliver some of the crispest passes in the game. Malkin has also shown the ability to play in all three zones during the postseason.
Kris Letang is one of the most dynamic defensemen in the game. He can blast the puck from the point or move into the prime scoring areas from his spot on the blue line. He is not a slouch in the defensive end. Letang has a quick stick and excels at breaking up plays with his speed and anticipation. He has scored 16 points in the postseason with a plus-seven rating.
David Krejci is not considered one of the game's superstars, and he certainly doesn't compare with the Penguins' top pair of Crosby and Malkin. However, he is a proven playoff performer who leads the NHL in postseason scoring with 17 points. Krejci has the great vision and patience that allows him to wait a split second longer than the defense or opposing goalie so he can make the perfect shot or pass. Very high hockey IQ.
Patrice Bergeron is perhaps the hardest working and smartest player on the Bruins. He is a gifted defensive player who is dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 63.5 percent of his faceoffs in the postseason. He is a skilled and gritty offensive performer. Bergeron scored the tying goal in the final minute of regulation against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh game and the winner in overtime.
Zdeno Chara sets the tone for the Bruins' rock-ribbed defense with his thunderous body checks and his skill at moving the puck out of his own zone. Opponents can be successful if they hit Chara before he has a chance to respond with his own check. But if they fail, Chara will punish them. He also has the hardest shot in the game, and that can intimidate potential shot-blockers and goaltenders.