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 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs along with the ensuing traditional team handshake line, sorted by round and series end date.
The Lightning eliminated the Red Wings in Game 5 on April 21, 2016.
The Sharks eliminated the Kings in Game 5 on April 22, 2016.
The Penguins eliminated the Rangers in Game 5 on April 23, 2016.
The Capitals eliminated the Flyers in Game 6 on April 24, 2016.
The Stars eliminated the Wild in Game 6 on April 24, 2016.
The Islanders eliminated the Panthers in Game 6 on April 24, 2016.
The Blues eliminated the Blackhawks in Game 7 on April 25, 2016.
The Predators eliminated the Ducks in Game 7 on April 27, 2016.
The Lightning eliminated the Islanders in Game 5 on May 8, 2016.
The Penguins eliminated the Capitals in Game 6 on May 10, 2016.
The Blues eliminated the Stars in Game 7 on May 11, 2016.
The Sharks eliminated the Predators in Game 7 on May 12, 2016.
The Sharks eliminated the Blues in Game 6 on May 25, 2016.
The Penguins eliminated the Lightning in Game 7 on May 26, 2016.
STANLEY CUP FINAL
The Penguins eliminated the Sharks in Game 6 on June 12, 2016.
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 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.