After the whistle

Want to know how an NHL postseason pileup works? Follow along with us

Updated: June 4, 2010, 2:45 PM ET
By David Fleming | ESPN The Magazine

This article appeared in the June 14, 2010 World Cup preview issue of ESPN The Magazine. You can find all content from that issue in the right sidebar or by clicking here.

To better explain the essence of a hockey scrum -- spontaneous, post-whistle dustups in front of the net that increase in frequency, intensity and importance during the NHL playoffs -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has graciously agreed to punch me square in the face.

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