Led by 28-year-old Evgeni Nabokov the Sharks were a better team than the star-filled Avalanche.
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The Red Wings' marquee players need to summon efforts that match their experience and talent.
Jarome Iginla took the Flames on his back with two goals and an assist in Game 7 against the Canucks.
Now is the time for every player to prove himself, but some prominent names have a little more to prove.
The last month of the season is a good test to see how individuals perform under near-playofflike conditions.
Almost every playoff pairing features a good rivalry that will only get stronger after the puck is dropped.
The retirement of Patrick Roy last summer created a void of money goaltenders in the conference.
It's fitting that Detroit's goaltending picture is getting fuzzy again with the playoffs less than two weeks away.
For the players whose names are being tossed around, it's better that some team wants you instead of the alternative.
The Red Wings were awed by the Dominator's mystique after he helped them win the 2002 Cup.
Teams still in the hunt for making the playoffs won't be standing pat before the March 9 deadline.