2011 NHL Playoffs: 10 Most Important Players in the Eastern Conference Finals

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2011 NHL Playoffs: 10 Most Important Players in the Eastern Conference Finals
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The Lightning and Bruins will be fighting for a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

While we await the outcome out West, the 2011 Eastern Conference Final matchup is set after a pair of sweeps. The Tampa Bay Lightning knocked out their division-rival Washington Capitals, while the Boston Bruins avenged their epic playoff collapse from last year at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers, dispatching them in four games as well.

The paths these teams took to get this far has produced some great performances from goaltenders, household names and new faces. These players are going to have to continue to rise to the occasion in order to get to the Stanley Cup Final. Here's a look at the 10 most important players in this series.

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