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The most stunning, chaotic and emotional photos from round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs


Playoff hockey is a beautiful thing. Hockey fans wait all year for the beutiful sights, beautiful sounds, and beautiful smells that come with postseason puck.

Okay, maybe not beautiful smells… but you never know. Beauty is in the nose of the beholder.

With the emotion and intensity that the chase for the Cup brings, there are always great moments. Those great moments tend to produce great images.

Some depict a chaotic scene, others show raw emotion, and some just make mundane moments look gorgeous.

So, with the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the books and the takeaways already established, let’s take a look at some of the best images to be captured during the opening round.

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