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 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs along with the ensuing traditional team handshake line, sorted by round and series end date.
The Ducks eliminated the Jets in Game 4 on April 22, 2015.
The Rangers eliminated the Penguins in Game 5 on April 24, 2015.
The Blackhawks eliminated the Predators in Game 6 on April 25, 2015.
The Flames eliminated the Canucks in Game 6 on April 25, 2015.
The Wild eliminated the Blues in Game 6 on April 26, 2015.
The Canadiens eliminated the Senators in Game 6 on April 26, 2015.
The Capitals eliminated the Islanders in Game 7 on April 27, 2015.
The Lightning eliminated the Red Wings in Game 7 on April 29, 2015.
The Blackhawks eliminated the Wild in Game 4 on May 7, 2015.
The Ducks eliminated the Flames in Game 5 on May 10, 2015.
The Lightning eliminated the Canadiens in Game 6 on May 12, 2015.
The Rangers eliminated the Capitals in Game 7 on May 13, 2015.
The Lightning eliminated the Rangers in Game 7 on May 29, 2015.
The Blackhawks eliminated the Ducks in Game 7 on May 30, 2015.
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The Blackhawks eliminated the Lightning in Game 6 on June 15, 2015.
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 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.