Ranking the Most Frustrating Players in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

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Ranking the Most Frustrating Players in the 2014 NHL Playoffs
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Hockey is a true team sport. Players in a variety of roles make different types of contributions in an effort to help deliver a victory.

Every hockey team needs scorers, defenders and goaltenders, but one of the key intangibles in playoff hockey is the agitator. A player who's cagey enough to throw his opponents off their games can be invaluable, but these pests often find themselves straddling a line between "clever" and "dirty."

Frustrating players are the ones that make you mutter under your breath and develop lifelong grudges. They can also be frustrating when they play for your team and their antics go awry.

Here's a look at what we've seen from six of the league's top agitators so far in these playoffs and whose bags of tricks have worked the best so far.

 

All stats courtesy of NHL.com, current through games on Monday, May 12. Suspension histories from TheHockeyNews.com.

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