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SI covers tout Stanley Cup Playoffs as 'The Best'

Wednesday, 06.05.2013 / 9:59 AM / News

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SI covers tout Stanley Cup Playoffs as 'The Best'
SI covers tout Stanley Cup Playoffs as 'The Best'

Tuukka Rask makes a save on the June 10, 2013 cover of Sports Illustrated. (Courtesy: SI)

PIT-BOS featured on cover of SI. (Click to enlarge)
Courtesy: Sports Illustrated

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 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.

Marcus Kruger makes an impact on the June 10, 2013 cover of Sports Illustrated. (Courtesy: SI)

LAK-CHI on second cover of SI. (Click to enlarge)

Courtesy: Sports Illustrated

"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."

Inside the magazine, Rushin captures the unique traditions of the playoffs, the excruciating highs and lows experienced by players and fans alike, and the atmosphere at the arenas during the chase for Lord Stanley's trophy.

In addition to sharing the magazine's cover, the Bruins and Blackhawks are each two wins away from sharing the ice in the Stanley Cup Final -- if that happens, it would be the first time Original Six teams matched up to battle for the Cup since the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers in 1979.

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