NHL Playoffs 2012: Artem Anisimov and Top Unsung Heroes Remaining in Postseason

May 19th, 2012 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »
With the Stanley Cup Finals drawing near, the vast majority of hockey fans have been talking about superstars like Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick and Ilya Kovalchuk. While they have each had a major impact on the way the postseason has played out, there are several less-talked-about players who deserve recognition as well.

Every year there are a number of players who were just ordinary during the regular season, but become critical contributors during the chase for the Cup. That has been the case this season as well as every team still in the running has had guys come from out of nowhere to reach superstar status.

Here are the three biggest unsung heroes remaining in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season.


Artem Anisimov

The New York Rangers' hallmark throughout the playoffs has been their fantastic team defense, and few players have bought in as much as center Artem Anisimov. The 6'4" pivot has developed into a solid 15-plus-goal scorer in the NHL, but he normally isn't given a second thought.

Anisimov has done it all for the Rangers during the playoffs, though, as he is tied for 14th in the leagu ...

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