Best of the 2013 NHL Playoffs

When the beards grow in and the fans go extra crazy, the NHL playoffs are a wild ride. Check out these photos highlighting the best teams in the league and their quest for a Stanley Cup.

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The Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup after beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. Click through to see more highlights from the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook and right wing Patrick Kane celebrate.
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Fans celebrate on West Division Street in Chicago.
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Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland celebrate the Stanley Cup championship.
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The Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup.
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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6.
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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane hoists the Stanley Cup after beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals.
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Referee Wes McCauley checks on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the first period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals.
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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford heads to the crease during warm-ups for Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins.
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When the beards grow in and the fans go extra crazy, the NHL playoffs are a wild ride. Check out these photos highlighting the best teams in the league and their quest for a Stanley Cup. Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly trips over Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford who blocked his shot in the first period during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals.
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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left, shoots as Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask leaps in vain as Kane's shot scored during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Boston. Chicago won 6-5 to even the series 2-2. Click through to see more action from the NHL Playoffs.
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Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp is upended along the wall by Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, not seen, during the third period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference defends against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston, Monday, June 17, 2013. The Bruins won 2-0.
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, bottom, of Sweden, takes down Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille during the second period in Game 3.
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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford clears the puck against the Boston Bruins during the first period in Game 3.
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Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks slides underneath Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins as Nathan Horton of the Bruins kneels down to the right in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final.
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Dave Bolland of the Chicago Blackhawks and Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins slide toward the puck in Game Two.
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Goalie Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins has his helmet knocked off as players surround the net against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
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Michal Handzus of the Chicago Blackhawks falls behind Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins during the third period of Game Two of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center.
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Dennis Seidenberg of the Boston Bruins takes down Brandon Saad of the Chicago Blackhawks for a tripping penalty in front of goaltender Tuukka Rask during the second period of Game Two of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
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Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins is called for a tripping penalty in the first period against Bryan Bickell of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
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Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Saad scored a second period goal in the second period against the Boston Bruins in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews as Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara watches during the second period of Game 1.
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Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins pushes Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks gives up a first period goal to Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by BB/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after they won 4-3 in the third overtime against the Boston Bruins in Game One of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chicago Blackhawks players pose with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and the Western Conference Championship trophy as they win over Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in the second overtime period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals.
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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Kings and taking the Western Conference title in Game Five of the Western Conference Final.
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A detail of hats on the ice after Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime to give him a hat trick.
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Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and Michal Handzus of the Chicago Blackhawks fall to the ice as they get tangled up skating in the first overtime period.
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Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks is upended by Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 6: the Chicago Blackhawks against the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins go for the puck against Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of the Bruins goal in the third period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Bruins Brad Marchand tangles with Penguins Brenden Morrow in the second period. The Boston Bruins played the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden.
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Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks is pursued by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings for the puck in the first period of Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Fans look on as Adam McQuaid of the Boston Bruins receives medical attention during Game One of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins fights with Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28: (L-R) Justin Braun #61 of the San Jose Sharks skates back to the bench, as Trevor Lewis #22, Justin Williams #14 and Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate Williams' first goal of the second period of Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Check out these photos highlighting the best teams in the league and their quest for a Stanley Cup. Mark Eaton of the Pittsburgh Penguins collides with Kyle Turris of the Ottawa Senators in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Jarome Iginla gets a stick in the face during a struggle in the corner with Ottawa Senators' Erik Condra in the second period of Game 2. When the beards grow in and the fans go extra crazy, the NHL playoffs are a wild ride.
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Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators scrambles to get back into position in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 24, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators scrambles to get back into position in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center.
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New York Rangers' Carl Hagelin, center, watches as his shot scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, left, while Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk, right, looks on during the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff, Thursday, May 23, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings battles for the puck in the first period against Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
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SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 21: Goalkeeper Jonathan Quick #32, Rob Scuderi #7, Matt Greene #2 and Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings defends the net against TJ Galiardi #21 of the San Jose Sharks in the first period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 21, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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When the beards grow in and the fans go extra crazy, the NHL playoffs are a wild ride. Check out these photos highlighting the best teams in the league and their quest for a Stanley Cup. Detroit Red Wings right wing Daniel Cleary celebrates Justin Abdelkader's goal as Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller reacts and defenseman Ben Lovejoy looks on in the third period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28: (clockwise from left) Jake Muzzin #6 and Matt Greene #2 of the Los Angeles Kings, along with James Sheppard #15 and Tommy Wingels #57 of the San Jose Sharks fight for the for the puck in the first period of Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Joe Thornton and Brent Burns skate for control of the puck, checks Slava Voynov to the ice in the second period in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals.
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Detroit Red Wings' Valtteri Filppula scores against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals.
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Trevor Lewis of the Los Angeles Kings gets a penalty for goaltender interference on Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks in the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks tries to get the puck past the diving Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings during the second period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Toronto Maple Leafs' fans show their support in the team's first playoff appearance since 2004.
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Evgeni Malkin shoots against the Ottawa Senators in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28: (L-R) Jake Muzzin #6 of the Los Angeles Kings and Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Joe Sharks tossle for the puck against the boards in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Sidney Crosby slides to a stop on the ice after being tripped in the third period against the Ottawa Senators in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center.
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Detroit Red Wings right wing Patrick Eaves takes a shot at Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller during the second period in Game 7 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series.
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Tyler Kennedy celebrates with defenseman Brooks Orpik (44), who scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 6 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series against the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y., Saturday, May 11, 2013. The Penguins won 4-3, and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester, top, collides with Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown during the second period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series.
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Los Angeles Kings' Mike Richards, left, and St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie fall to the ice during the third period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Friday, May 10, 2013. The Kings won 2-1.
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When the beards grow in and the fans go extra crazy, the NHL playoffs are a wild ride. Check out these photos highlighting the best teams in the league and their quest for a Stanley Cup. Even on his way to the ground, Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski tries to control the puck against the Boston Bruins.
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Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman gives a thumbs-up as he is honored as the official flag-bearer at Game 2 of the first-round NHL hockey playoff series between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston, Saturday, May 4.
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New York Islanders forward Marty Reasoner reacts on the bench during a timeout in the third period of the team's 5-0 game one loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown celebrates after scoring during the first period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.
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Minnesota Wild's Josh Harding made 35 saves in the Wild's game one loss to the Blackhawks.
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Goaltending is always important come playoff time and if any team is to get to the finals, they'll need their goaltender at top form. San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi had a solid regular season. Can he lead the Sharks to the finals?
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Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) checks New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) against the boards in the third period of Game 6 of their first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Uniondale, N.Y., Saturday, May 11, 2013. The Penguins defeated the Islanders 4-3 in overtime to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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Anaheim Ducks players celebrate Ryan Getzlaf's goal past Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, right, during the third period in Game 2 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series.
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Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown collides with St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott during the third period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series.
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The Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin checks New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash into the boards in the third period during Game 1.
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The playoffs are often physical affairs. The Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu is no stranger to the rough stuff. The scrappy forward tries to control the puck as Chicago Blackhawks' Michael Frolik crashes over the boards in Game 1.
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby prepares for a face off during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Steven Oleksy hip checks New York Rangers left wing Taylor Pyatt during the second period in Game 2 of the teams' first-round playoff series.
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Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was dominant in the Kings game 3 win over the St. Louis Blues.
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz dives for but can't reach a rebound in front of New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov during the second period of Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
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New York Rangers' Chris Kreider, center, reacts as the winning-goal goes past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, left, while Dougie Hamilton looks on during the overtime period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs.
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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) reaches to glove a shot by the Boston Bruins in the first period during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) in the second period during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Chicago.
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Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) shoots the puck against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) as Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) helps defend in the first period during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Chicago. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) scored a goal on the rebound. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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