The road to the Stanley Cup is almost halfway done. There are only five remaining teams as the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks head into Game 7 to determine who goes on to the Western Conference Finals.
It might be a cliché, but physical play trumps skill in the playoffs more often than not.
By physical play, I mean players who will run you into the boards—or through the boards—at any opportunity. The goal is to wear down your opponent and intimidate them.
At this stage of the playoffs, there isn't room on the roster for a stereotypical enforcer who can only intimidate with his fists.
Instead, teams intimidate by pounding their opponents at every opportunity with bone-rattling hits.
In no particular order, here are 10 of the best physical players from the remaining playoff teams.