Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better beards?

Leading up to Monday’s Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks — on the ice and off the ice.

Who has the better beards in the Stanley Cup Final? This video says it all.

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There is no question that Joe Thornton and Brent Burns win the beard contest hands down. No one on the Penguins comes remotely close to those two beauties. Plus, they’ve been growing their beards for a majority of the season. It’s just not fair.

For the sake of this post, we have to look at some of the other Penguins and Sharks in a head to head battle to see whose facial hair reigns supreme.

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Beard Watch 2016: NHL meets American Civil War

We were faced with an existential question: How are we to conduct a ‘Beard Watch’ when beards are so hot right now?

The St. Louis Blues Twitter account said as much after a tussle between David Backes and Joe Thornton that saw the Blues captain give Jumbo Joe a tug on the beard.

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Players are notoriously superstitious. While they may not say it outright, the idea of them shaving off their season-long beards to start the playoffs could be panic inducing.

Inspired by a tweet from Chris Peters of CBS Sports, we decided to take a different angle this time, and look to American history to help us do it:

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