Top Five Reasons To Love the NHL Playoffs

Andrew DickowContributor IApril 14, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 12:  An ice girl for the Chicago Blackhawks wears bunny ears and a cottontail in celebration of Easter Sunday as she clears ice from in front of the goal against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on April 12, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Every year (barring a freak lockout) around this time we get to experience the joy that is the NHL playoffs. Where players become heroes, and kids and kids at heart (us), cheer for their home teams.

The NHL playoffs keep seventh graders up until the wee hours watching five overtime thrillers, it gives that fan of the underdog something to smile about the next day at work, and it gives me an opportunity to tell you why I love every minute of the race to Lord Stanley's Cup..

So without further ado, here are the Top Five Reasons To Love The NHL playoffs.

5. Hot Girls in Hockey Jerseys

Especially when they are wearing pigtails. You need high-definition.

4. Unlimited Overtimes

Did you hear about those guys from Alabama who tied 7-7 in a high school football rivalry game in 1993?

Well, if you haven’t, it apparently bothered them. They got everyone back together and they are having a rematch in like a month. Awesome.

3. Bruisers

Did anyone else notice teams tend to bring up their veteran bruisers from the minors during playoff time?

Yeah, they do make a difference. Is Bob Probert still alive?

2. Stanley Cup

The cup is the best trophy in all of sports. How many trophies do you know of that have the name of everyone who has ever won it on it?

It is 35 pounds! That is like the weight of a baby panda. That is serious. I hear it is weightless after you win it though, purely a rumor at this point.

1. Expect the Unexpected

The goal off the back of the goalie. The 50-foot slap-shot game-winner. Patrick Roy thinking he has the puck in his glove only to have it stuffed in and made a fool.

That is what the NHL playoffs are all about.

Whether it is five goals in five minutes or it is a triple overtime 0-0 grind, we love it nonetheless. That is why we watch. That is why you are a fan.

So grab a brew, sit back, and get amped. It’s time for the 2009 NHL playoffs. See you there.