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Thursday March 7th, 2013

Jari Kurri, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier Where would you rank a power play that could unleash Hall of Famers Jari Kurri, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier? (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Yesterday, as part of SI.com's Power Week, I ranked my top 10 NHL power forwards of all time. Today, it's on to the power play.

I've always thought that the effectiveness of a power play is directly proportional to the fear it inspires.

The best  don't simply score goals every third chance or so. They're a looming specter that buys time and space during 40-odd minutes of even strength play -- a constant, overhanging threat that forces defenders to hesitate, to keep sticks and elbows to themselves in order to not take the trip to the box that their coach specifically warned them to avoid.

It's been a few years since the NHL has seen a truly frightening power play, but there have been some holy terrors in the past. Click here for my 10 greatest in league history:

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