NHL Playoffs 2011: The 20 Most Important Players in the Postseason

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NHL Playoffs 2011: The 20 Most Important Players in the Postseason
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It's a time where emotion, passion and tension are through the roof.

It's a time where pain is virtually inevitable, but completely ignorable.

It's a time where, other than hockey, nothing else matters.

It's playoff time.

For the reasons listed above, playoff time is extremely enjoyable for both the players and the fans. Even if your team didn't make the playoffs (or hasn't since the lockout...), you can't help but feel the contagious excitement surrounding the National Hockey League postseason.

Everything about hockey just becomes more fun. Now that they are truly playing for hockey's greatest prize, players give their all in every game just for a win.

Players love this kind of hockey. Many thrive in this atmosphere; heck, some have even made a career out of it.

The value and importance of players greatly increases in games like this as well. Teams need players channel their emotions and pull through. Players must give it their all every night and contribute offensively as well as defensively.

This importance is what we will be focusing on today. Here are the top 20 most important players in the postseason.

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