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Bryan Bickell goes to the dirty areas
A successful Stanley Cup run requires that a team's stars play up to their potential. Along the way, it sure helps if some lesser lights can also chip in.
Chicago's Bryan Bickell has become a major story in this year's playoffs. He's tied for second in the playoffs with eight goals and is in the top 10 in overall scoring with 13 points in 17 games.
At 27, Bickell is two years older than Jonathan Toews and three years older than Patrick Kane. The very definition of a late bloomer, Bickell is making the most of every shift in this year's playoffs.
According to capgeek.com, Bickell is in the last year of a contract that pays him just $600,000 this season. As an unrestricted free agent on July 5, he's set to get paid in a big way.
Boston has seen balanced scoring throughout its lineup. The Merlot Line of Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille was chipping in effectively until Campbell's injury.
An even bigger boost has come from the blue line. Johnny Boychuk has been a monster with five playoff goals, while newcomer Torey Krug set a new league record with four goals in his first five NHL playoff games.
With both teams boasting outstanding goaltending, every hot hand will be needed to help the cause.