It’s a whole new game
You hear about it all the time, and you see it as soon as the playoffs start- Playoff Hockey is another game.
In a game that is already incredibly demanding and physically punishing on the body, playoff hockey means the rules are a little looser, and whistles are seemingly tucked away in the ref’s pocket.
Furthermore, playing your heart out against the same team for a whole series can generate some real hatred and animosity. Things get heated quickly.
To win, each team will play a MINIMUM of 16 games, and could potentially end up playing 28.