(Ed. Note: We're proud to welcome two of our favorite bloggers, Chuck and Pants from What's Up, Ya Sieve?, to the Puck Daddy fold as they author our weekly NHL Playoff Beard Watch every Thursday.)
By Chuck and Pants from What's Up, Ya Sieve?
There are a lot of things goalies do that normal people can't (like splits) or wouldn't (like stand in front of a 100 mph slapshot).
So should it really come as a surprise when they take playoff beards to the next level?
Grow a hairshirt on your face? Sure, everybody's doing it. Then put a mask over it and volunteer for the NHL's version of the Hunger Games? Best idea ever.
We love goalie masks. Those perfectly formed pieces of fiberglass and kevlar protect the mugs of our favorite netminders, while showing off a little personality. But we hate them at the same time.
Is it too much to ask to show us your face every once in awhile?
For those of us who've never worn a beard, the idea of sporting one under a heavy, sweaty mask seems medieval. But if you're already getting pounded by discs of vulcanized rubber and 200-pound forwards, what's a little itching? Our admiration lives on.
Here's a look at facial finery (or lack thereof) of some of the goalies left standing in the NHL Playoffs.
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