Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013: Every Conference Finalist's Biggest X-Factor

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013: Every Conference Finalist's Biggest X-Factor
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The stage is set for a thrilling Final Four in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Each of the past four NHL champions survived an unpredictable quarterfinal round, highlighted by a pair of seven-game series in the Western Conference.

Competition has been tight throughout the postseason, so there's hardly room for error on the path to title town. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings each have an element or tendency that has proved paramount during the past month of playoff action.

With conference finals looming, we take a look at each team's most pivotal X-factor. These elements of each team's attack will make the difference between a swift exit and hockey immortality.

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