Ever since Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and KG teamed up in Boston I have been thinking, is the key to success three stars or all-stars, at least, to have success. If you look at the Ducks last year, three defensemen stepped it up in the playoffs and they were Pronger, Niedermayer, and Beauchemin. Pronger was tied for second on the team in scoring and a +10. Scott ended the Vancouver series in OT and tied the Detroit series with another. Francois Beauchemin put in four power-play goals. Ottawa the team they faced had maybe the most recognizable three out of the league, Spezza, Alfredsson, and Heatley. They got their scoring from this line and only this only this line, and now all three are all-stars. If you look at the Red Wings now they have three of the best defenseman in the league, Lidstrom, Chelios, and Rafalski. These three seem to be doing pretty well as they have helped Detroit have the second fewest goals against, and Lidstrom and Rafalski are one and two respectively in points by a D-man. Tampa Bay's champ team had a St. Louis, Richards, and Vinny firing on all cylinders. Gretzky, Messier, and Kurri. In Los Angeles, the Triple Crown Line. In New York, Messier, Graves, and Kovalev. In '02 Fedorov, Yzerman, and Hull lead Detroit. In fact the Detroit's last few cups have come from three goalies, Hasek, Osgood, and Vernon. Anyways I'm sure there is more. Feel free to question this I admit I could be wrong in the way that these teams had more major contributors but I based this on the teams style of play and that can always lead to trouble. To close on a cheesy note, "Maybe three isn't a crowd, maybe it's the way to success in the NHL.