The conference finals of the 2013 NHL playoffs haven't been as competitive as we expected given the fact that the four teams left are the past four Stanley Cup champions, but there has been no shortage of thrilling hockey.
One of the great things about playoff hockey is that fans never know who the hero is going to be each game. We have seen many stars struggle to play well at both ends of the ice in each conference, which has resulted in many role players making significant contributions to the outcomes of these games.
With that said, this is the time of the year when superstars' legacies are made and careers are defined. Those who raise their level of performance in the final two rounds of the playoffs often become legends and earn a lifetime of respect from their peers.
Let's look at the biggest difference-makers in the conference finals so far.
Author's Note: Players selected for this list based on a combination of individual contributions and team success.