Every April, at the conclusion of the regular season, 16 teams begin a 60-day quest to win the Stanley Cup. Each year, during this two-month span, certain players take their games to another level, hoping to bring their team and city an NHL championship. For the next eight weeks, FOXSports.com will spotlight the top 10 postseason performances from the previous week, highlighting the special plays from these clutch performers. How did your favorite playoff player do last week? Did he step up and stand out during the pressure-packed contests? Read on to find out. -- Robert Picarello
Mike Richards, Flyers
If the Flyers want to come back from the 2-0 hole they're in against the Bruins, they should follow the lead of Mike Richards. The Philly captain leads the team in scoring this postseason with 12 points in the club's first seven games, including four in the Flyers' first two games against Boston.
Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings
Pavel Datsyuk did all he could to keep the Red Wings from falling behind 3-0 to the Sharks in the Western Conference semifinals. In two of the three one-goal losses to San Jose, the high-scoring pivot recorded back-to-back multiple-point efforts, giving him 12 points in Detroit's first 10 postseason matches.
Mason Raymond, Canucks
After only recording one point in the opening round against the Kings, Mason Raymond found his way onto the score sheet in each of the first two games of the semifinals. The 24-year-old winger netted three points in Games 1 and 2 for Vancouver, including the game-winner on May 1 in Chicago.
Miroslav Satan, Bruins
Where would the Boston Bruins be without Miroslav Satan? It's no stretch to say the Bs would be home watching the playoffs instead of participating in them without their postseason scoring leader. After collecting 14 points in 38 regular-season games, Satan has led the charge in the playoffs, netting nine points off four goals and five assists, including four in the first two games of the semis.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins
Marc-Andre Fleury won two of his three starts in Week 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping Pittsburgh jump out to a 2-1 series lead over Montreal. The 25-year-old puckstop turned away 64 of the 70 shots he faced in the first three games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, including all 18 thrown his way Tuesday night in the Penguins' 2-0 win over the Habs in Montreal.
Evgeni Nabokov, Sharks
After losing two of his first three postseason starts this year, Evgeni Nabokov has caught fire, running off six straight victories, including wins in the first three games of the Western Conference semifinals against Detroit. In the six consecutive wins, Nabokov has stopped 157 of the 169 shots he's faced.
Kris Versteeg, Blackhawks
Kris Versteeg's first goal of the playoffs was a huge one for the Blackhawks. With time running out in regulation Monday night in Chicago, Versteeg broke up a tie game by blasting the game-winner past Roberto Luongo, evening up the Western Conference semifinal series against Vancouver, 1-1.
Marc Savard, Bruins
In his first action since suffering a Grade 2 concussion on March 7 against the Penguins, Marc Savard came through in the clutch for the Bruins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers. Savard almost blew the roof off the Garden Saturday afternoon when he netted the overtime winner against Philly 13:52 into the extra session.
Joe Pavelski, Sharks
Joe Pavelski helped the Sharks jump out to a commanding 3-0 series lead over Detroit, scoring seven points in the first three games of the conference semifinals off four goals and three assists. By opening the semis with back-to-back two-goal games, Pavelski became the first player since Mario Lemieux in 1992 to have three consecutive two-goal games. Pavelski's other two-tally effort came in the last round in the series clincher against the Avs, when he closed out the matchup with two goals and one assist.
Jaroslav Halak, Canadiens
Jaroslav Halak backstopped the Canadiens to a stunning upset over the heavily favored Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. The 24-year-old posted a 4-2 record in his six starts to go along with a 2.46 GAA and .939 save percentage. Halak's work between the iron, especially last week in Game 7, helped the Habs become the first eight seed to eliminate the top-seeded team after trailing 3-1 in a series since 1994.