The NHL and the rest of the hockey world may not receive the attention many national sports do, but it is one of the most competitive sports in the world.
When the regular season transitions into the playoffs, however, the NHL ventures into a realm of physicality, sacrifice and perseverance that is rare to find in other sports, making it the greatest competition in sports.
The 2011 NHL Playoffs are only a game old and this concept already holds true. What conspires each time two teams take the ice is nothing short of an intense two-and-a-half hours—sometimes more—where the team that sacrifices the most and pushes it the hardest prevails.
Some may compare it to other sports, but it would severely undermine the essence of hockey that makes the sport what it is.
Here's why playoff hockey is the greatest competition in sports.
Laura Falcon is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Follow her on Twitter or email her at email@example.com with any comments or questions.