Hockey seems so straightforward when we listen to the players and coaches in their interviews. It's all about puck possession, getting shots on net, doing the little things and keeping it simple. Right?
Maybe not. There's also a huge mental dimension to hockey that encompasses drive, determination and the opportunity to outsmart the opponent. Sometimes they call it "giving 100 percent." For today, let's file it under the category of "guts."
As we've already seen in the 2014 playoffs, gutsy play can take many different forms. It can be about putting your team and teammates ahead of an injury; about digging deep to find your way out of a tough spot; about introducing an extra wrinkle that gives your team an edge but will lead to scrutiny if it doesn't work.
Here are the gutsiest moments we've seen so far this spring. There will undoubtedly be more to come over the next six weeks before the Stanley Cup is awarded.
All stats courtesy of NHL.com, current through games that ended Sunday, May 4.