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Joe Sakic kept the Avalanche thinking they can be the third team to overcome a three games to none deficit.
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.
Just about every team in the playoffs has some uncertainty in net, the most important position in hockey.
Teams still in the hunt for making the playoffs won't be standing pat before the March 9 deadline.
Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic and Markus Naslund are just some of the candidates for the Hart Trophy at the halfway point.