The Stanley Cup Final Four is underway, presenting the opportunity for two teams to break through into the title bout with big performances. The last squads left standing have each enjoyed thrilling journeys en route to conference championship clashes.
The ebbs and flows of a postseason odyssey are impossible to predict, providing an array of amazing moments and memorable developments. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh have each won an NHL title since 2009, so this playoff stretch has set the stage for many familiar playoff performers to step up yet again.
It took eight victories for all four teams to reach this point. Here's a look at plays that ultimately helped propel each squad to league semifinal action.