The 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs are just over a week old and all of the series in the quarterfinals are at least three games old, which means that plenty of storylines have started to emerge.
During the regular season, the stories that catch our eyes tend to have a certain trajectory. The big picture is evident in our analysis, and most fans aren't typically overzealous when it comes to hitting the panic button.
The playoffs are a different animal altogether. One play can change the outcome of an entire series, be it a hit or an OT goal. There are no second chances and everything seems bigger. All of a sudden, cheating a bit on a faceoff is a crime punishable by a rare media call-out. Scrums are taken a bit more personally, and even the coaches might have some choice words for each other.
Everything is magnified—and so are the storylines.