2008-09 Nhl Playoffs Slated to be as Exciting as Ever

Since as far back as 1893, professional hockey teams have been competing for the prestigious NHL Stanley Cup trophy, awarded to the winner of the NHL playoffs. The cup itself, is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, partly due to the fact that unlike other professional leagues, the NHL does not create a new trophy year after year, but instead hands the same one down. For this reason, the cup has been extended in size on many occasions, to make room for the engraved names of many new Stanley Cup Champion players and teams. Some of the NHL’s most well known legends, including Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Wayne Gretzkey, all have their names engraved on the cup; some more than once.

Over the years, as the Stanley Cup grew into a massive and over 100 year-old trophy, it became not only the pride of the NHL, but also a symbol for the rich history and culture of hockey in North America in general. Every Canadian and American hockey player dreams of one day winning the cup and it is this drive and determination to be included in the NHL’s legacy, which makes playoff hockey some of the most action-packed and exciting in all of professional sports. Over the years, many legends and legacies have been set in stone, during the Stanley Cup finals.

As the 2008-09 NHL regular season approaches its end, the excitement and anticipation of the 2009 NHL playoffs begins to peak. Last year, the Detroit Red Wings won their 11th Stanley Cup in franchise history, after a grueling 3-2 victory over rookie phenom Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins, in the sixth game of the series. In the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Penguins will look to put this heartbreaking loss behind them and bring the cup home to Pittsburgh, while Detroit will look to keep the cup at home for a consecutive year. It won’t be easy for either team, however, as top contenders during the regular season, will all look to beat both of these teams and steal the cup for themselves. Some of this year’s top contenders include the San Jose Sharks, the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Montreal Canadiens, the Vancouver Canucks, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks.

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