NHL Playoffs 2011: Ranking the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toughest Teams Left

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Ranking the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toughest Teams Left
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The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are a whole different monster than the regular season.

The NHL playoffs are arguably one of the best postseasons to watch out of any sport.

Teams crank up the energy, and especially the intensity, for grueling seven game series. A lot of times it is not always the best team that wins the Stanley Cup or advances far in the playoffs.

Take for instance, the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. As the No. 7 seed last year, the Flyers were not the best team in the Eastern Conference. They advanced, yes because of a great run, but mostly because how they played and how well they matched up against their opponents.

They used their sheer physical strength and swarming defense to advance to the Cup with an average team.

Toughness and grit is what determines how far a team can go into the postseason. It is a long grueling stretch that teams have to be physically and mentally prepared for.

These are the toughest teams left in this year's playoffs.

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