From Zach Parise to Ilya Kovalchuk to Martin Brodeur to David Clarkson, there have been a myriad of leading men in the New Jersey Devils' run to the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final.
But from the team's perspective, there is an unsung component to their success:
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
"He's been really important, No. 1 with the power play. He's done a really good job on the power play and moving the puck," Parise said of the defenseman in a conference call Thursday afternoon. "He's been great.
"His skating ability, his patience with the puck has really helped us out a lot up front and kept plays alive. He makes a great first outlet pass. That was a really good acquisition for us that really gave us a new attack and a new dynamic that we were somewhat lacking," Parise added.
New Jersey ranks fourth with a 19.1 percent success rating on the power play during the playoffs. Zidlicky is tied for second on the Devils with four power-play points with ...