2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 11 Reasons Why '11 Has Been the Best Ever

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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 11 Reasons Why '11 Has Been the Best Ever

Every spring, hockey fans look forward to the most exciting and challenging tournament in all of American sports: the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Each season gives us its share of unforgettable games and moments, though admittedly some years are more lackluster than others.

Since becoming a hockey fan 20 long years ago, the postseason that stood out to me as the most exciting was 1994. True, this is in no small part because I bleed Ranger blue. But objectively, there was plenty for all fans to root for: seven series that went the distance, including the Finals, thrilling runs by underdogs like the Canucks and Sharks and a team overcoming its snakebitten past to win its first Cup in more than half a century.  

This spring, we’ve been treated to a postseason that parallels the ’94 playoffs on a number of levels. The 2011 chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup has certainly lived up to the standards set 17 years ago, and has, in fact, exceeded them. 

As the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins get set to face off tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, let’s take a look at why this year’s playoffs have been the best in NHL history.

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