5 Most Incredible Images from Chicago Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Run

Nicole Blum@@nblumNHLContributor IIIMay 27, 2013

5 Most Incredible Images from Chicago Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Run

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    The Chicago Blackhawks have been looking to play their best hockey in the NHL playoffs. While they might not have played as well as they have wanted to thus far, a few images have captured the fantastic nature of the Blackhawks' playoff run.

    From intense goals and fights to saves and sportsmanship, the Blackhawks' journey in the playoffs has been a remarkable one that we hope continues.

    Here are the five most incredible images from Chicago's playoff run.

5. Under Pressure

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    Corey Crawford never faced much pressure until the Detroit Red Wings came to town.

    But even under more pressure, he's held the crease. Crawford owns a 1.66 goals-against average and 0.938 save percentage in the playoffs this year.

    One noticeable improvement from last year's playoff disaster is Crawford's handling of the puck. He's come out of his net with confidence.

    Crawford's puck-handling skills are highlighted in this cool action shot.

4. Ready to Punch

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    Physicality has played an important role in the playoffs for the Blackhawks. Even though the Hawks are not the most physical of teams, they have taken 36 penalties in 10 games played. 

    Trailing in the Detroit series has much to do with the Blackhawks' discipline, or lack thereof.

    Bryan Bickell, although only racking up eight penalty minutes, has been a physical presence for Chicago. This image of him trying to punch a Detroit player represents the rivalry between the Red Wings and the Blackhawks.

3. Mounting Frustration

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    The Detroit series has been frustrating for the Blackhawks to say the least.

    After the referees disallowed a goal by Andrew Shaw and called it goaltender interference and after Jonathan Toews took three consecutive penalties in Game 4, it's hard to deny that the Blackhawks are frustrated.

    This picture of Joel Quenneville yelling at the referees perfectly embodies the Blackhawks' annoyance with being down, now 3-2, in the series.

2. Ultimate Sportsmanship

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    By far the most respectful part of NHL playoff hockey is the handshake line at the end of each series. After the Blackhawks eliminated the Minnesota Wild from the playoffs in five games, this picture was taken. 

    This is why hockey is great. At the end of the day, two teams trying to eliminate each other can shake hands. 

    In no other sport do you see this type of respect, which makes this image of the Blackhawks' handshake line incredible.

1. The Celebration

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    The look on Bryan Bickell's face in this photo screams determination, strength and relief all at the same time.

    After being shut out by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth game of the series, the Hawks were more than excited to see the puck hit the back of the net.

    The goal drought officially ended for the Hawks on Saturday when they beat the Red Wings 4-1 in the Madhouse on Madison.

    The Hawks look to take this same attitude shown on Bickell's face to Detroit on Monday.