NHL Playoffs 2012: Ranking the Dirtiest Hitters in the Postseason

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Ranking the Dirtiest Hitters in the Postseason
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The 2012 NHL Playoffs are ridden with raucous collisions and rowdy fights, none more jarring than these five dirty hits.

Blood is boiled in every series, every year—but these playoffs seem particularly heated. The faceoff between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers is front and center for that.

Already a must-see matchup going into the playoffs, the cross-state rivalry has catapulted onto the national scene for its violence.

Unfortunately, the combined 46 goals in five games are overshadowed by 282 penalty minutes in those games. The former number is quite high, but the latter tally is preposterously large.

And it's not the only series with a focus on physicality.

Game 2 of the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators series included two separate incidents for which players were later suspended. Rangers forward Carl Hagelin received a three-game ban, while Senators forward Matt Carkner wasn't allowed to play Game 3.

These playoffs are a showcase in savagery. 

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