Many different factors go into an NHL team's quest for a Stanley Cup championship. Strong goaltending, solid defensive play, a robust penalty kill and roster depth are among the crucial elements for success.
Ultimately, the name of the game remains putting the puck into the opposing team's net. Without consistent offense, the road to the Cup becomes more difficult.
This is the time when offensive stars must shine. This year's list of leading playoff scorers has some familiar names with reputations as proven performers.
There are also a few surprises.
One winger, whose best seasons were believed behind him, has rediscovered his scoring touch. A rookie's stellar play has provided a glimpse of future greatness. A skilled two-way forward has filled the void for his slumping teammates.
It's not enough just to run up points. The ability to lead by example or to come through in the clutch is as important—perhaps even more so—at this time of year.
The following is a ranking of the 10 best scorers so far in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.