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

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011: The 20 Most Important Players in the Postseason
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It seems strange to think that the NHL is still a month and a half away from crowning a champion. That's a testament to the long grind of the NHL playoffs. Countless unpublicized injuries, weeks of facial hair growth, and a handful of memorable moments will lead the hockey world to a Stanley Cup champion.

The long haul of the NHL playoffs is not for the faint of heart. Countless superstars have disappeared in this bright lights of the postseason, while journeymen have made their mark on the league's biggest stage.

This is where we find out what these guy are made of. Hockey's ultimate prize is on the line, and everyone in the tournament is chasing that feeling.

Here are 20 players who need to dig a little deeper to help their squad hoist Lord Stanley's Cup. 

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