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Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise scores on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series Friday at United Center. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

Blackhawks win opening game

The Minnesota Wild rolled into the United Center Friday night did exactly what they said they would do: Prove to Chicago they are a better team than the one the Blackhawks eliminated in 2013 and 2014.

Canada's Sidney Crosby challenges Latvia's Rodrigo Abols and goalkeeper Ervins Mustukovs (L-R) during their Ice Hockey World Championship game at O2 arena in Prague, Czech Republic May 1, 2015. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Canada tops Latvia, 6-1

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – Sidney Crosby had exactly the same scoring line as he did against Latvia the only time he previously played in the IIHF World Championship, back in 2006 in Riga.

Who goes further: Flames or Canadiens?

Postmedia columnists Cam Cole and Steve Simmons give their thoughts on which remaining Canadian club -- the Flames or Canadiens -- will advance the farthest in the NHL Playoffs.

Aside from the obvious playoff stalwarts of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Dominik Hasek and Paul Coffey, there are some players who put their best skate forward during the post season. QMI took a deeper look at the players who put their all into the Stanley Cup playoffs, and here are our 16 best all-time performers.

Best all-time post-season performers

Aside from the obvious playoff stalwarts of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Dominik Hasek and Paul Coffey, there are some players who put their best skate forward during the post season.

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