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06-05-2013, 11:40 AM
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Sports Illustrated: NHL playoffs the best

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=673058

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Twenty-two games have already been decided in overtime. Teams have rallied from 3-1 series deficits and staged miracle comebacks in a Game 7. The possibility exists that Original Six teams could meet in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1979.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are like nothing else in professional sports -- and that's according to the latest edition of Sports Illustrated set to hit the newsstands.

Two of the three regional SI covers this week are NHL-themed -- in one, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is pictured making a sprawling stop against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final. A second cover shows Chicago Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger delivering a crunching hit against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final.

"The Best" proclaims a headline which goes on to promote the article by SI writer Steve Rushin with the catch phrase: "Why the NHL Postseason is Like No Other."
http://nhl.si.com/2013/06/05/sports-...layoffs-cover/
SI intro to cover.


(I cannot find a link to the mentioned story. May be behind paywall.)

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SI photography is always top notch in the hockey dept.

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Great, now we're in for another two decades of urban myths about SI declaring hockey the best sport before Bettman/Daly/whoever ruined the league (with mandatory visors and too many teams in Canada, natch)

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If you asked me, the only postseason that even comes close to being as good as the NHL's is March Madness.

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If you asked me, the only postseason that even comes close to being as good as the NHL's is March Madness.
NFL is great. Especially the first two weekends.

I would like to know what the third regional cover is. I am going to guess it is something for the south, like NCAA Football or NASCAR.

Edit: actually, I am going to guess NBA.


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(I cannot find a link to the mentioned story. May be behind paywall.)
I don't think this is the cover story, but there's a linked list by Allan Muir of things that make the NHL playoffs the best:

http://nhl.si.com/2013/06/05/the-20-...on-**********/

1. Playing through pain
2. The handshake line
3. Reverence for the holy grail
4. Playoff beards
5. Oh, those kids
6. Marathon men
7. Seventh heavens
8. Intense rivalries
9. Surprise teams
10. Unlikely heroes
11. Awesome team achievements
12. Awe-inspiring players
13. Awe-inspiring goalies
14. Most awe-inspiring moment -- period
15. Awe-inspiring comebacks in games
16. Awe-inspiring series comebacks
17. Stunning upsets
18. Oh, the infamy
19. Oh, the agony
20. Bizarre rituals

It's worth clicking on the link for explanations and supplementary articles and video. The whole thing is fairly well put together by SI.

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Speaking of Marathon Men, has any game gone past double OT so far?

Where is my quadruple OT! The playoffs don't start until someone is eating pizza and coke during intermission

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It's nice of SI to notice hockey once a year.

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I know he is picking examples relevant to American readers, but...

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8. Intense rivalries
Bruins-Canadiens, Rangers-Islanders, Blackhawks- North Stars — There’s nothing like a little bad blood to spice up a series. And in a sport defined by its greatest rivalries, there’s no bloodier feud than the one that came to a head in 1996 between the Avalanche and the Red Wings. Fueled by a vicious hit from Colorado’s Claude Lemieux on Kris Draper that left the winger needing 30 stitches to close up a massive facial wound, the hostilities escalated to define these two championship-caliber clubs for the next decade. And while the players have changed, and the animosity has cooled, both sides know it only takes one spark to reignite hostilities.
The Avs-Wings of the 90's were fierce rivals, but the Battle of Alberta in 80's was much bloodier and intense with two teams that were just as good at playing hockey. Nonetheless, overall it is good to have hockey written about in the more mainstream sports sites.

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It's nice of SI to notice hockey once a year.
I might be wrong, but I get the impression that SI actually provides a decent quality of hockey coverage compared to their main competitor.

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I might be wrong, but I get the impression that SI actually provides a decent quality of hockey coverage compared to their main competitor.
In as much as they don't completely ignore it, yes.

The NHL hasn't figured in more than 2 covers in a year in a long time, though (note: weekly covers, not special editions). I did a breakdown of NHL covers on the Penguins board a while back and the only players to have multiple covers since the 2004-05 lockout (going off memory, there might be one more but I don't think so) are Crosby (half of which came with the 2010 Olympics), Lundqvist, and Thomas.

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