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Little things can have a big impact

Updated: May 23, 2004, 12:13 AM ET
By Scott Burnside and Eric Adelson | Special to ESPN.com

If you're lucky, you'll catch them on the tail end of an instant replay, one likely used to illustrate something else entirely.

Chances are, you don't see them at all.

Those moments that happen a dozen times a game, perhaps more -- a blocked shot, a forward who gets back to thwart an odd-man rush, a faceoff won in the defensive zone on a penalty kill. Tiny specks of sand on the long beach of a playoff series, a playoff season.

Yet each in its own way is a catalyst for something ...

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