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Scuderi a key piece to Cup puzzle

Updated: June 1, 2012, 9:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- No matter what Rob Scuderi does, no matter what he accomplishes, where he goes, he will always be "The Piece."

That's because in many ways the hardworking, no-nonsense defenseman is just that, "The Piece."

The nickname was given life in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs when Scuderi, then a cornerstone of the Pittsburgh Penguins' defense, in an attempt to describe his role as being simply a piece to the Penguins' puzzle inadvertently described himself as "the piece."

But ...

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