When you think of the Stanley Cup, you probably think of the gargantuan trophy. When you think of the Stanley Cup a second time, you should think about the beards sported by the men on the quest for it.

Yes, the NHL playoffs is a time for legends to emerge, but it's also a time for facial hair to sprout with the speed of a breakaway goal, even if the occasional disheveled one indicates it grows with the precision of a team that can't convert a power play.

Dudes love beards and the NHL playoffs is beard central. So, hop on your Zamboni and let's take a stroll down memory lane with some random beards worn in the the playoffs in the hunt for hockey immortality. And when the season's over and the Stanley Cup has been won, feel free to whip out that razor and get all baby-faced.

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