Each has had moments, each has laboured, each has surged, each has made the difference.

The Vancouver Canucks, to be sure, are a team of depth, a team that can lose a good defenceman like Dan Hamhuis to injury in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final and see Andrew Alberts enter the fray and contribute useful muscle and minutes. Manny Malhotra returns after months away, and makes a compelling difference.

That's a special group the hockey world has learned to admire.