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Time for players to prove their mettle

Updated: April 6, 2004, 10:46 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

The Stanley Cup playoffs are, of course, the greatest challenge in team sports, perhaps in all sport.

But within the complicated framework of chemistry and teamwork, this is also the time of year in which the spotlight shines brightest on individual players. Fairly or not, these are the days in which players' reputations are forged, whether it's the heroic leader or the clutch scorer or, conversely, the playoff choker, the high-priced star who can't get it done.

Herein, a look at 16 ...

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