The first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs is in the books, and it didn't take long for hockey's second season to be overshadowed by the ugly and ridiculous trend of cheap and injurious plays.
The taboo issue for the last two seasons, players are apparently trying to injure one another at record rates. Also record is the rate at which these plays have been mishandled.
Hockey was without its biggest star this postseason due to blows to the head (argue the intentionality of the hit as you wish). It may finish with a few more stars on the shelf if these hits continue unabated.
Thank goodness the Matt Cooke precedent scared enough sense into these players that they wouldn't dare make a borderline hit that might cost their team a crucial game.
Just kidding. The postseason is hockey's version of diplomatic immunity.
Scouring Youtube to find enough of these hits to compile a list of ten was as easy as taking a boarding penalty -- and getting away with it.
Here are the ten plays of the Conference Quarterfinals that are sure to make Colin Campbell's job even more thankless, in no particular order.