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 at 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 moments of play in each series-ending game to date in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs along with the ensuing traditional team handshake line, sorted by round and series end date.
The Canadiens eliminated the Lightning in Game 4 on April 22, 2014.
The Bruins eliminated the Red Wings in Game 5 on April 26, 2014.
The Blackhawks eliminated the Blues in Game 6 on April 27, 2014.
The Ducks eliminated the Stars in Game 6 on April 27, 2014.
The Penguins eliminated the Blue Jackets in Game 6 on April 28, 2014.
The Rangers eliminated the Flyers in Game 7 on April 30, 2014.
The Wild eliminated the Avalanche in Game 7 on April 30, 2014.
The Kings eliminated the Sharks in Game 7 on April 30, 2014.
The Rangers eliminated the Penguins in Game 7 on May 13, 2014.
The Blackhawks eliminated the Wild in Game 6 on May 13, 2014.
The Canadiens eliminated the Bruins in Game 7 on May 14, 2014.
The Kings eliminated the Ducks in Game 7 on May 16, 2014.
The Rangers eliminated the Canadiens in Game 6 on May 29, 2014.
The Kings eliminated the Blackhawks in Game 7 on June 1, 2014.
STANLEY CUP FINAL
The Kings eliminated the Rangers in Game 5 on June 13, 2014.
In an age of results reigning over respect, it's encouraging to see such sportsmanship in professional sport, albeit with notable exceptions (Milan Lucic 2014), abstention (Martin Brodeur 2008, Derek Boogaard 2007, Chris Chelios 2007, Darren McCarty 1997, Ed Belfour 1995, Billy Smith, Gerry Cheevers) and disdain (Dino Ciccarelli 1996) in recent years.
* See also 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.