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Who'll melt under playoff heat?

Everyone feels pressure during the playoffs. But can everyone handle it?

Updated: April 9, 2003, 6:33 PM ET
By Al Morganti | Special to ESPN.com

Every team and every player is under pressure with the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, each spring there are certain teams, certain players, coaches, GMs and entire organizations under even more strain than usual.

These are the teams that simply can't afford a first-round loss; the general managers who know their season's worth of work might be judged over the next two weeks; and the players who sometimes feel those first 82 games don't count for anything at all.

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