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What is it? 04-11-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

(Note: This is an updated version of something we've published at the start of the playoffs the past few seasons. It's something we get a lot of feedback on and we always enjoy writing it. We thought we would dust if off again.)

If someone were to ask us what the Stanley Cup playoffs mean to us, we'd have a hard time giving a simple concise answer.

-It's Bobby Orr leaping through the air.

-It's the Miracle on Manchester.

-It's Richard Brodeur not being camera friendly.

-It's Steve Yzerman lifting the Stanley Cup with one knee.

-It's Doug Weight lifting the Stanley Cup with one shoulder.

-It's Pat LaFontaine ending a long, exhaustive Easter Sunday.

-It's Bobby Ryan making David Legwand look like a pylon.

-It's the reason Joe Louis Arena smells like fish.

-It's Jaromir Jagr beating the Devils on two bad groins.

-It's Jarome Iginla and Vincent Lecavalier duking it out when it mattered most.

-It's "The Save."

-It's 1940, 1955, 1961, 1967, 1972 and 1975.

-It's Mike Crombeen taking advantage of some poor defensive zone coverage by Randy Carlyle.

-It's Jason Arnott taking advantage of some poor defensive zone coverage by Sylvain Cote.

-It's Dave Andreychuk and Ray Bourque finally getting to touch the Cup.

-It's George Ferguson blowing by Ken Breitenbach.

-It's Dale Hunter tearing through the Flyers' defense.

-It's David #*&! Volek.

-It's John Tonelli.

-It's Ed Westfall.

-It's plastic rats.

-It's Nathan Horton taking advantage of a screen.

-It's Mike Green letting Dominic Moore walk right in.

-It's Mike Green letting Vincent Lecavalier walk right in.

-It's Ken Wregget stopping Joe Juneau and Mike Richter stopping Pavel Bure on penalty shots.

-It's "May Day! May Day! May Day! May Day! May Day! May Day!"

-It's Brett Hull's foot in the crease.

-It's Alex Burrows remembering Luc Bourdon.

-It's "Darren Helm! Darren Helm!"

-It's "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!"

-It's Joffrey Lupul giving the Capitals a rude introduction to the playoffs.

-It's Steve Yzerman blowing a slapper by Jon Casey from Livonia.

-It's Steven Stamkos refusing to let something like a slapper to the face end his night.

-It's Ron Francis saving the day when Mario Lemieux and Joey Mullen were hurt.

-It's Martin St. Louis scoring on the biggest rebound of his life.

-It's Tonelli to Nystrom.

-It's Scott Niedermayer giving the cup to his brother, Rob.

-It's Matt Carkner keeping the Senators alive.

-It's Alex Burrows getting Tim Thomas to bite.

-It's Mario Lemieux "retiring" in stunning fashion.

-It's Vladimir Konstantinov's "skate" with the Cup in his wheel chair.

-It's the fact that Shawn Chambers is probably still trying to figure out where Mario Lemieux is.

-It's Jamie Baker and the Sharks doing the unbelievable against the Red Wings.

-It's Oilers fans making us wish we were Canadian.

-It's Ty Conklin making a mistake at a terrible time.

-It's Igor Larionov displaying the most patient backhand ever.

-It's Sidney Crosby spinning Jason Spezza silly.

-It's Lanny McDonald making his only goal of the playoffs count.

-It's James Neal just needing one.

-It's the Green Men and Malkamania.

-It's watching a game with a few thousand friends.

-It's the 24 white banners in Montreal.

-It's Oilers owner Peter Pocklington trying to sneak his dad's name on the Stanley Cup.

-It's Martin Gelinas sending his former employer to the golf course.

-It's Pavel Bure undressing Mike Vernon.

-It's Jaromir Jagr dancing through the Devils' defense.

-It's Jaromir Jagr dancing through the Bruins' defense.

-It's Jaromir Jagr dancing through the Blackhawks' defense.

-It's the Hurricanes stunning the Devils in the final 1:20 of a Game 7.

-It's Marc Savard shaking off the rust.

-It's Mike Fisher playing with a terminally-ill three-year-old boy.

-It's Maxim Afinogenov going for a swim.

-It's Ron Hextall jumping Chris Chelios.

-It's Brian Campbell not having a prayer on a three-on-one against the Red Wings.

-It's that little "rattle" in Mike Lange's voice when he let's us know "H-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e shoots and scores!!!!"

-It's Brenden Morrow sending the Sharks home after four overtimes.

-It's the simple beauty of a handshake.

-It's the silly ugliness of a finger point.

-It's the brilliance of a CBC pregame montage.

-It's Adam Deadmarsh helping Tinseltown beat Hockeytown.

-It's Simon Gagne helping the Bruins join an exclusive club with the 1975 Penguins and 1942 Red Wings.

-It's Pascal Dupuis going far side while falling on his butt.

-It's Arturs Irbe's moldy goaltending equipment.

-It's Jonathan Toews willing his way to a clutch shorthanded goal in Game 7.

-It's Alex Burrows and the Canucks finally beating the Blackhawks.

-It's Bob Baun scoring an overtime goal on a broken ankle.

-It's Benn Ferriero giving himself the best birthday gift ever.

-It's Mario Lemieux making the Civic Arena probably the loudest it has ever been.

-It's Scott Walker being a villian in Boston.

-It's Dustin Byfuglien putting Chris Pronger in his place.

-It's Tim Thomas putting Henrik Sedin in his place.

-It's Jim Lorentz killing a bat.

-It's Marian Hossa being in the right place at the right time.

-It's Petr Nedved and Keith Primeau breaking tired, weary hearts.

-It's Erik Cole's beard.

-It's Brad Park cleaning up his own rebound.

-It's Robbie Brown really making Ron Hextall mad.

-It's Dan Boyle and Steve Smith finding the wrong nets.

-It's Joe Thornton proving he can be clutch.

-It's Joe Pavelski always being clutch.

-It's closing Mellon Arena in a nightmare fashion.

-It's Theo Fleury slipping and sliding all over the ice.

-It's the Winnipeg White Out.

-It's Luc Robitaille's goal and Francois Leroux's goofy little kicking celebration in the corner.

-It's Daniel to Henrik after four overtimes.

-It's refusing to touch the Clarence Campbell Bowl or Prince of Wales Trophy.

-It's doing away with at least one of those silly superstitions.

-It's Brad Marchand dangling on Roberto Luongo.

-It's Patrick Kane scoring a goal only he saw.

-It's Evgeni Malkin making some toast out of Martin Biron.

-It's Gary Roberts destroying Andreas Lilja and giving Adam Hall a chance at scoring.

-It's "The Shift."

-It's Hal Gill busting up Ryan Malone's already mangled schnoz.

-It's Marc-Andre Fleury simply refusing to lose on the road.

-It's Maxime Talbot making us stay up late.

-It's Petr Sykora calling his shot.

-It's Marian Hossa almost keeping the hopes alive.

-It's finally seeing a Stanley Cup celebration in Mellon Arena, just not the one most of us were hoping for.

-It's Bill Guerin finding the little opening on Martin Biron.

-It's Chris Kunitz windmilling Kimmo Timonen.

-It's Maxime Talbot shushing Daniel Carcillo and an entire city.

-It's Semyon Varlamov robbing Sidney Crosby.

-It's Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin trading hat tricks.

-It's Kris Letang keeping the Penguins alive.

-It's Alex Ovechkin taking out Sergei Gonchar.

-It's Evgeni Malkin having younger, fresher legs than his fellow countryman, Sergei Fedorov.

-It's David Steckel sending things back to Washington.

-It's Alex Ovechkin getting stoned on his breakaway in Game 7.

-It's Sidney Crosby not getting stoned on his breakaway in Game 7.

-It's "The Geno."

-It's the hole in Cam Ward's glove.

-It's Evgeni Malkin having enough of Henrik Zetterberg.

-It's Jordan Staal changing everything.

-It's getting a hand (as well as a stick, a foot and a shin) from Rob Scuderi.

-It's Maxime Talbot taking advantage of a Brad Stuart turnover.

-It's Maxime Talbot showing why he's a "superstar."

-It's Marc-Andre Fleury winning the game everyone said he couldn't win.

-And finally, it's lifting the Stanley Cup on their ice, a year after they lifted it on your ice.

-It's all of those things.

-And it's so much more.

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Over the course of the next two months, much of what happened in the above video will be repeated in some fashion. In mid-June Gary Bettman is going to awkwardly hand the Stanley Cup to a gentleman with a "C" on his chest and someone will have one big long summer party.

And it all begins tonight.

(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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