NHL Playoffs: GIFs of the week from Quick's gaffe to Rupp's skate

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Because everybody likes a moving picture that repeats itself over and over again, here are some of our favorite GIFs from the first week of the NHL Playoffs. Check back every Friday during the Stanley Cup Playoffs for more.

It's hard to skate without a blade

When he first started stumbling all over the ice the assumption on the television broadcast was that Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp was injured and struggling to get off the ice. He actually wasn't injured at all, but he was still at a rather large disadvantage when it came to playing the sport of ice hockey -- his ice skate no longer had a blade.

The result, was, well ... this. The only way I can think to describe it is if you were watching a puppy trying to run across a freshly mopped kitchen floor.


Sweet passing

The Blackhawks escaped that game with a 2-1 overtime win after falling behind early in the first period. Chicago ended up tying the game thanks to this beautiful feed from Patrick Kane to set up Marian Hossa

Kane Pass

What an incredible pass. He's surrounded by four Wild defenders and still slides the pass through to Hossa, right on the tape, hitting him in stride so he can beat Josh Harding for the goal.

And speaking of great passes and teams that escaped with a win, after the Red Wings let a three-goal third period lead slip away on Thursday night they were able to salvage the game and win in overtime thanks to a goal from Gustav Nyquist.

Nyquist scored the goal, but it was the pass by Valtteri Filppula that set it up. Also pictured: An example as to why Corey Perry is a goal-scoring forward and not a shutdown defenseman.


Chris Neil, say hello to P.K. Subban

Thursday's Ottawa-Montreal game was wild and based on what happened on Friday morning it's probably only going to get crazier. While there was much debate over Eric Gryba's hit on Lars Eller, there was absolutely no debate over P.K. Subban's hit on Chris Neil. It was hard and it was clean. It also featured the two players in the NHL that every hockey fan (and player) loves to hate when they're not on their team.


High-five, bro

Pictured: Two Washington Capitals fans celebrate Jason Chimera's go-ahead goal on Thursday by sharing an awkward high-five.

Don't poke the bear

Toronto's James van Riemsdyk had a little stick tap for Brad Marchand in a rather sensitive area. Marchand was not happy about this (Gif via @Dr_Habs).


Jonathan Quick with a gift for Alex Steen

And finally we close out the week with Jonathan Quick getting an assist on Alex Steen's game-winning goal on Tuesday night.

The problem? Jonathan Quick doesn't play on the same team as Alex Steen.


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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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