2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Unlikely Heroes of the NHL Playoffs So Far

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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Unlikely Heroes of the NHL Playoffs So Far
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They don't get paid the big bucks and they aren't the household names that the fans pay to see.

But then again, in the Stanley Cup playoffs the players don't get paid at all and the fans are paying strictly to see their team win.

The superstar players are suppose to be the ones who step up and lead the way. They're suppose be at the top of the scoring sheet and among the three stars at the end of the big games. But that's not always the case. Every year, there are the players who step up seemingly out of nowhere and deliver big goals and take their games to a level that no one expected.

This year is no exception.

Take a look at the scoring leaders in the 2011 Stanley Cup and you'll notice several players who were nothing more than third-line grinders during the regular season. But the playoffs take on a different set of circumstances, and in a long series, sometimes the star players need a little extra help to get the job done.

Here is a look at the top 10 most unlikely heroes of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs to date.

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