Posted: Thursday May 25, 2006 1:57PM; Updated: Thursday May 25, 2006 4:28PM
Checking line winger Dave Lowry (center) turned into an offensive juggernaut with 10 goals and 17 points in the 1996 playoffs.
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4. Chris Kontos 1989 Los Angeles Kings
Kontos turned in what might be the strangest stat line in playoff history: nine goals and no assists in 11 games. He set the record for most power play goals in a series (six) when he and Wayne Gretzky clicked while ousting the Great One's former Edmonton team in the first round. Kontos had been playing in Switzerland and did not join the Kings until the last seven games of the season.
Career note: Kontos, who scored four goals in Tampa Bay's inaugural game in October 1992, went 11-0-11 in 20 playoff games.
5. Marcel Bonin 1959 Montreal Canadiens
Bonin had failed to score a goal and registered but four assists in his previous 25 playoff games. But the wing exploded with a playoff-best 10 goals in 11 games, only three fewer tallies than he'd had in the regular season. Bonin added five assists for 15 points, two behind playoff leader Dickie Moore. His goal in the series-clinching fifth game of the Cup round against the Leafs proved to be the game-winner.
Career note: Bonin, whose single-season high for goals was 17, would score only one more goal in 14 playoff matches.
6. Uwe Krupp 1996 Colorado Avalanche
The solid 6-foot-6 defenseman tore his left knee apart in the season opener and did not return until a few games before the playoffs -- when he was suddenly an offensive force. Krupp, who averaged 31 points per 82 games in his career, posted 16 points (4-12) in 22 games to top the point total in his previous 50 playoff matches. Most memorable was his triple-OT goal that downed Florida and gave the Avs the Stanley Cup in their first season in Denver.
Career note: Krupp, whose career was plagued by injuries, was 2-11-13 in his other 59 playoff games.
7. Dave Lowry 1996 Florida Panthers
The checking line wing scored five goals in his first five playoffs, totaling 52 games. Lowry doubled that tally total while matching his regular-season output during the Panthers' run to the finals against Colorado. His 17 points in 22 games nearly equaled the rest of his playoff career: 19 points in 89 games. He had two game-winners during that memorable postseason in Miami.
Career note: Lowry, who scored more than 10 goals only five times in his lengthy career, scored one goal in his final 34 playoff games.
8. John Chabot 1988 Detroit Red Wings
The center's track record was limited to one playoff year with five points in 11 games. Chabot's best regular-season mark to that point -- and for his career, as it would turn out -- was 60 points. But while helping to lead the Wings to the Western Conference finals in SteveYzerman's absence, Chabot came up huge with 19 points, including a team-best 15 assists in 16 games.
Career note: Chabot appeared in only one more playoff, scoring two points in six games. He headed for Europe after eight NHL seasons.
9. Mark Lamb 1990 Edmonton Oilers
It's not so much that Lamb was the sixth-leading playoff scorer on a club still loaded with firepower in the immediate post-Gretzky era -- it's his 17 points (6-11) in 22 games following a 28-point regular season that prompt a double take. The checking center had failed to score a goal in his first 17 playoff matches and managed only one 30-point season in his career.
Career note: Lamb's postseason proved to be way off the chart. In his other 48 games he scored one goal and nine points.
10. Dave Semenko 1984 Edmonton Oilers
Speaking of surprises, how did Cement Head record 10 points? He was coming off a six-goal, 17-point season (75 games) and had scored once in his previous 20 postseason tilts. In six of his nine seasons in the NHL, Gretzky's bodyguard lit the lamp no more than six times. So his 5-5-10 in 19 games during the '84 playoffs was no less than startling.
Career note: Semenko not only failed to score another playoff goal, he went pointless in 24 games. His 73-game career playoff line: 6-6-12.