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Drop 'Em: Fights in the Stanley Cup Final

Fighting and enforcers have had their place in the game for as long as the sport of hockey has existed. Love it or hate it, hockey's a physical game, and from time to time, that involves two willing opponents squaring off and dropping the gloves. Fights in regular season games happen for a number of reasons, often a player coming to the aide of a teammate or trying to spark a change in momentum for his team. The playoffs however are a different animal, a time when discipline has to override raw emotion in order to earn hockey's ultimate prize. As the postseason progresses further towards the final, series may be physical, but old time fist fights become few and...

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Springtime in Boston

When the snow starts to melt and temperatures begin to climb again in New England (well, at least a little bit), the swan boats come back to the Commons, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park, and when we're lucky, playoff hockey shows its face at TD Garden.  Boston vs. Ottawa, game 4 at TD Garden Boston is one of only four cities simultaneously hosting both NHL and NBA playoff series this season. Having lived here for almost a decade now, there's nothing that says Springtime in Boston like sitting on a patio with a summer beer in hand while watching the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins all in one day, but there's something truly special about playoff hockey in this town...

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Beards are Back

Hockey is full of funny traditions; handshake lines, not touching the trophy, and growing tremendous beards during the postseason. Widely credited to the 1980 Islanders dynasty for first starting the trend, playoff beards have spread beyond just hockey and into football, baseball, and even college sports. The trimming of the beard is thought to change the team's luck, prompting players to refrain until after elimination or a championship victory. Like most traditions in sports, the playoff beard is beloved for a number of reasons. First, the humor. Whether it's comparing Brent Burns to Chewbacca (no longer limited to the postseason) or mocking Sidney Crosby for his lack of beard-growing abilities, there's never a shortage of laughs to be had at...

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North of the Border

If hockey is truly Canada's game, it seemed only right to extend my recent business trip to Toronto and squeeze in a day of hockey tourism. I was delighted (to say the least) upon arriving to learn that the Hockey Hall of Fame and Air Canada Centre were both within walking distance of my hotel, and I was determined to make the most of it. Note: I've been anxiously awaiting this trip since July, so this blog has been a long time coming. Mural by David Arrigo outside the Hall (left), Jacques Plante's mask in the Habs locker room (right) Like a kid on Christmas morning, my first order of business for the day was to walk down Yonge Street...

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5 Must-Sees at the Hockey Hall of Fame

As a sports fan in Boston, I'm very fortunate to have some of the best venues in sports right in my back yard; the oldest ballpark in the country is steps from my front door, the Bruins and Celtics play beneath rafters that boast almost 100 years of history, and state-of-the-art Gillette Stadium is one of the finest and most electric football stadiums in the country. But even as a resident of such a great sports town, I never turn down an opportunity to experience another city's fandom firsthand. Trust in Anaheim | Trust in Boston  |  Trust in Chicago Last season I took in some wild games in Chicago and Anaheim, but next on my list is experiencing hockey...

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