As this lockout-shortened NHL season winds to a close, there are close and intense races for the final playoff spots in both the Eastern and Western Conferences.
With that in mind, here is a look back at the top 10 most thrilling races in Stanley Cup playoff history.
These races were close and down to the final game of the season. They involved two or sometimes more teams fighting for that last spot and are often settled by following tiebreaking formulas.
Please feel free to mention any races you feel belong on this list that were left out. There are so many to choose from, so I tried to pick very close races. If there was some historical significance to that race, that tended to make it ranked higher. If you do mention one that didn't make the list, please say why you feel it belongs.