Martin St. Louis | Lightning | RW
A finalist for what could be his second Hart Trophy for league MVP, St. Louis entered the conference final with 61 points in 56 career playoff games. St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier are the only players remaining from the '04 Cup champs. One of the fastest and shiftiest players in the game, the 5-foot-9 St. Louis has played in 472 consecutive games.
Zdeno Chara | Bruins | D
The 6-foot-9 Chara not only provides an intimidating presence, but his booming shot from the point is quite lethal. His 105.9 mph blast at the 2011 NHL All-Star skills competition set a new mark. The Norris Trophy finalist -- he was the 2009 winner -- is appearing in his second conference final.
Dwayne Roloson | Lightning | G
In his first playoff appearance since Edmonton's run to the Cup finals in 2006, Roloson entered the conference final leading all goalies with a sparkling .941 save percentage. Acquired from the Islanders on New Year's Day, the 41-year-old became the unquestioned No. 1 netminder in Tampa during the season's second half.
Nathan Horton | Bruins | C
Horton played more than 500 regular-season games before appearing in his first playoff contest this spring. It's been worth the wait. After scoring an overtime series-clincher in Game 7 against Montreal, Horton had seven points in Boston's sweep of the Flyers.
Teddy Purcell | Lightning | RW
Acquired by the Lightning at the trade deadline a year ago, Purcell gave a boost to Tampa Bay's scoring depth (17 goals, 51 points) with his play-making abilities this season. He continued to be a strong presence through the first two rounds of the playoffs with 10 assists among 11 points.
David Krejci | Bruins | C
A solid two-way player, Krejci is coming off a memorable series. Talk about payback. After having his left wrist dislocated early in Game 3 against the Flyers last year, he had four goals (three game-winners) and nine points in the sweep of Philly this time around. He had two goals and was a plus-4 against Tampa Bay on Dec. 2.
Steven Stamkos | Lightning | C
With a lightning-quick release and a blistered one-timer, Stamkos has developed into one of the game's top scoring threats. While his pace slowed over the final eight weeks of the season, he finished second in the NHL with 45 goals, 17 of which came with the man advantage. Stamkos was fifth in league scoring with 91 points.
Mark Recchi | Bruins | RW
The 43-year-old Recchi has won two Stanley Cups and entered the conference final having suited up for 175 playoff games. Still a solid contributor, Recchi had six game-winning goals during the season and entered the ECF a plus-9. Recchi has scored at least 20 goals 16 times and he ranks 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,533 points.
Vincent Lecavalier | Lightning | C
After recovering from early-season hand surgery, Lecavalier finished strong with points in 10 of his last 11 games followed by 12 points in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The captain was a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Lightning and is the franchise's all-time leader in most major cetegories, including goals (351) and points (793).
Tim Thomas | Bruins | G
After sitting on the bench in last year's playoffs, Thomas entered the conference final with a .937 save percentage after posting a .938 mark in the regular season. Though he has only one shutout in 29 playoff games, Thomas' career goals against is 2.11. The 2009 Vezina Trophy winner is a candidate for the award again this season.