Wednesday, April 9, 2008 | 01:04 PM ET
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For 16 teams the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup finally begins. For the next two months teams will fight a battle of attrition in order to be the last ones standing to take home the Stanley Cup.
This season had closer races than most in recent memory, as it took Game 81 in the Western Conference for the last team to clinch a playoff berth, and in the East, the improbable comeback run of the Washington Capitals took them to their 82nd and final game of the season to not only make the playoffs, but win the Southeast Division.
The one great thing about playoff hockey is that for both teams and individuals it is the great equalizer of a season. It doesn’t matter how well or how poorly you performed during the regular season, for the teams and players who make it, the post-season is where you are judged, and where great seasons can come to a crashing end, or poor seasons are resurrected over the course of four grueling rounds of play.
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