I lost a huge amount of respect for Handzus after this playoffs, but like they say about the butterfly's wings ... Handzus was a productive player for the Hawks, and without him playing up on the 2nd line that impact 3rd line would probably would not have been as effective.
It's not an exaggeration to say the 3rd line won the Cup for the Hawks both times. Handzus holding it down on the 2nd line contributed to that.
Well, it's hard to say if he's a "missing piece" on a team that largely dominated the regular season, but someone had to step up and take over the 2nd line. He was the guy. Hard to say what would have happened had he not been the guy.
He deserves a lot of credit for playing what was probably above his head at this point. There's no doubt he was brought in to play on the 4th -- 3rd in a pinch -- line and win faceoffs.