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 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs along with the ensuing traditional team handshake line, sorted by round and series end date.
The Ducks eliminated the Flames in Game 4 on April 19, 2017.
The Penguins eliminated the Blue Jackets in Game 5 on April 20, 2017.
The Predators eliminated the Blackhawks in Game 4 on April 20, 2017.
The Blues eliminated the Wild in Game 5 on April 22, 2017.
The Rangers eliminated the Canadiens in Game 6 on April 22, 2017.
The Oilers eliminated the Sharks in Game 6 on April 22, 2017.
The Senators eliminated the Bruins in Game 6 on April 23, 2017.
The Capitals eliminated the Leafs in Game 6 on April 23, 2017.
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 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.
* See also 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Handshake Lines.