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Posted: Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:55AM ; Updated: Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:55AM

NHL Playoffs (Related Stories)

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NHL Playoff stories in the SI Vault

Cup Play: A Whole New Game
By Martin Kane, April 25, 1966
What matters in pro hockey is not the championship but the Stanley Cup. Last week, as the playoffs began, two teams made radical changes in their playing styles to meet the demands of a short, bitter series.

Oh, Brother! A Pair To Watch
By Jack Olsen, March 29, 1971
For such an affectionate family, the Espositos seem headed for a rousing scrap come Stanley Cup time when Boston's Phil, a champion scorer, starts shooting at Chicago's Tony, a goalie supreme.

Hard Times For Guy And The Guys
By Mark Mulvoy, April 02, 1979
After flying high for three seasons, Guy Lafleur and the Canadiens were rudely brought back to aqua firma by Bryan Trottier and the Islanders as New York whipped Montreal in a showdown between the NHL's best teams.

The Islanders Go Four It All
By E.M. Swift, May 23, 1983
Led by intimidating -- and impenetrable -- Billy Smith, New York took a 3-0 series lead over the Edmonton Oilers to pull within a win of a fourth straight Stanley Cup.

The Cup Runneth Overlong
By E.M. Swift, April 13, 1987
The NHL playoffs seem more like a marathon than hockey.

Closing In
By Austin Murphy, June 13, 1994
The New York Rangers drew nearer to their goal of winning the Stanley Cup by taking a 2-1 series lead over Vancouver.

Business As Usual
By David Fleming, April 20, 1998
His contract controversy behind him, Sergei Fedorov is back in the good graces of his teammates and leading the red-hot Red Wings into the playoffs.

Healed And Dangerous
By E.M. Swift, April 10, 2006
Besieged all season by injuries--including ones that sidelined stars like Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne -- the Philadelphia Flyers are finally getting healthy. Playoff opponents beware: Adversity has made them stronger.

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