Coming Through in the Clutch: The NHL's Most Surprising Playoff Performances of 2009

Jon Neely@@iamjonneelyAnalyst IMay 29, 2009

Coming Through in the Clutch: The NHL's Most Surprising Playoff Performances of 2009

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 28:  Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Carolina Hurricanes is congratulated by Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils after the Hurricanes defeats the Devils 4-3 in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley

Jonas Hiller - Anahiem Ducks

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 21:  Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks looks on against the San Jose Sharks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 21, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (P

Dan Cleary - Detroit Red Wings

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    CHICAGO - MAY 22:  Dan Cleary #11 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with Brad Stuart #23 (obscured) after Brian Rafalski #28 scored a goal in the second period against goalie Nikolai Khabibulin #39 (L) the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Three of the Wes

Simeon Varlamov - Washington Capitals

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    WASHINGTON - MAY 02:  Simeon Varlamov #40 of the Washington Capitals celebrates being named the second star of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 20

Jussi Jokinen - Carolina Hurricanes

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 28:  Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammate Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the New Jersey Devils after Joikinen scored the tying goal at 18:40 in the third period during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarte

Valtteri Filppula - Detroit Red Wings

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    CHICAGO - MAY 22:  Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with his teammates after Jonathan Ericcson #52 scored a goal in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Three of the Western Conference Championship Round of

Brent Seabrook - Chicago Blackhawks

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    CHICAGO - APRIL 08: Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a first period goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 8, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chris Osgood - Detroit Red Wings

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    CHICAGO - MAY 22:  Goalie Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings takes a drink of water during a stop in play against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Three of the Western Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 22, 2009