The Stanley Cup playoffs is a time when NHL players must rise to the occasion in the quest for a championship. It takes a full team effort to win the Stanley Cup. Everyone, from the biggest star to an unheralded role player, is expected to elevate his play.
While some stars wilt under the playoff pressure, it can also bring out the best in lesser-talented players. Playoff heroes and leaders can emerge from their ranks.
Sometimes a checking-line forward will surface as a clutch scorer. A promising young player can make a name for himself with a solid postseason performance. An ageing veteran sometimes rediscovers his long-lost scoring touch. A player who struggles through the regular season can find a missing gear when the playoffs begin.
Here's a list of 10 NHL players who have overachieved thus far in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.