In the midst of gnarly playoff beards, bruised faces and bloodied bodies, emerge the better half of the 2012 NHL Playoffs —the wives and girlfriends loyally supporting their hockey husbands and boyfriends.
Let's take a minute and count down the most stunning and lovely women whose men are competing in hockey's second season.
From elegant European beauties to American sweethearts, here's a list of the top six hottest hockey WAGs (wives and girlfriends) of this postseason.
The wife of Devils forward, Patrik Elias, Petra is a TV personality back in the couple's native Czech Republic. The two met when he played in Europe during the NHL lockout and are still married today. Elias is the all-time leading scorer in Devils playoff history.
Emma Andersson is a TV personality and singer back in Sweden, her home and that of Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg.
The two stars were married in 2010 and live in Detroit where "Zetta" stars for the Wings.
Velasquez was seen with Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews at a Cubs baseball game last summer. The two are rumored to be a real item.
Velasquez is a bit of an unknown, but gorgeous nonetheless.
Jaromir Jagr might be one of the oldest players in the playoffs, but that doesn't stop him from being with Inna Puhajkova, who's just 26 years old. She was named "Miss Internet" for her beauty back in the couples' native Czech Republic.
Everybody loves America's pop idol, Carrie Underwood. She's married to Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, who was traded from Ottawa to the Music City last season. Convenient considering Underwood is the biggest thing in country music today.
A recent documentary by ESPN featuring the life of Washington Capitals superstar, Alexander Ovechkin, also showed off his beautiful, tennis-playing girlfriend, Maria Kirilenko.
Kirilenko is also Russian and competes on the WTA tour.