The time-honored tradition of NHL playoff combatants shaking hands upon the conclusion of a series is among the greatest displays of sportsmanship in professional team sports today. Seconds after the horn sounds on the end of a series, players and coaches from both teams convene at center ice to celebrate each other's efforts.
The videos below capture the final minute of play in each series-ending game to date in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs along with the ensuing traditional team handshake line, sorted by round and series end date.
The Sharks eliminated the Canucks in Game 4 on May 7, 2013.
The Senators eliminated the Canadiens in Game 5 on May 9, 2013.
The Blackhawks eliminated the Wild in Game 5 on May 9, 2013.
The Kings eliminated the Blues in Game 6 on May 10, 2013.
The Penguins eliminated the Islanders in Game 6 on May 11, 2013.
The Red Wings eliminated the Ducks in Game 7 on May 12, 2013.
The Rangers eliminated the Capitals in Game 7 on May 13, 2013.
The Bruins eliminated the Leafs in Game 7 on May 13, 2013.
The Penguins eliminated the Senators in Game 5 on May 24, 2013.
The Bruins eliminated the Rangers in Game 5 on May 25, 2013.
The Kings eliminated the Sharks in Game 7 on May 28, 2013.
The Blackhawks eliminated the Red Wings in Game 7 on May 29, 2013.
The Bruins eliminated the Penguins in Game 4 on June 7, 2013.
The Blackhawks eliminated the Kings in Game 5 on June 8, 2013.
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The Blackhawks eliminated the Bruins in Game 6 on June 24, 2013.
In an age of results reigning over respect, it's encouraging to see such sportsmanship in professional sport, albeit after the score is settled. Cultures grow on the vine of tradition and ours could use more of this.
* See also 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.