2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Players Who Need To Step Up Quickly

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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Players Who Need To Step Up Quickly
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With the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, there appears to be a number of great series starting to develop. After two miserable efforts in their first two games against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins stepped up Monday night, taking Game 3 by a final score of 4-2.

In other action, the Washington Capitals lost a tough one to the New York Rangers in Game 3 by a final score of 3-2, while the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 2-1 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning with a hard-fought 3-2 victory on Monday night as well.

In fact, the only two series that look to be all but over are the Detroit Red Wings/Phoenix Coyotes series and the Vancouver Canucks/Chicago Blackhawks series (which is currently being played as I write this).

For the most part, every team has had its fair share of players step up. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has been exceptional, Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin leads the league in points with five (tied with Mike Fisher, Pavol Datsyuk and Corey Perry), while veteran forward Teemu Selanne leads the playoffs with four goals thus far.

There are plenty of examples of players that have stepped up their play thus far, but about about the ones that have impacted their team's fortunes in a negative way or, worse still, are yet to show up?

Let’s take a look at 10 players that need to step up their play. For some, they’ll have another game or two to pick up their play, for others, the time is now or else their team may be eliminated in short order...

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