The legacy of Stanley Cup playoff hockey is packed with historic hits. These collisions routinely bring fans to their feet and fuel bad blood between rival teams.
Although the NHL continues to shift its style of play toward a safer environment (what contact sport hasn't?), we still witness a variety of punishing blows on a consistent basis. As penalties and suspension rates rapidly mount, these moments often become the subject of scrutiny.
Some of these hits are clean and legal, providing a pivotal dynamic during the flow of the game. Others are simply seeded with malice and often result in serious, unwarranted injuries.
Here, we take a look at 10 hits that have occurred through nearly two rounds of 2013 playoff action. After a brief assessment, it's time to determine whether each is fair or foul in the context of the game.