Dan Gartland
Friday May 27th, 2016

In addition to playing for the Stanley Cup, Penguins and Sharks players have the distinct honor of being able to grow their playoff beards the longest. These guys have put their razors away for the last six weeks and are sporting some pretty sweet facial hair. Well, most of them. Let’s get ready for the Stanley Cup final by ranking the best and worst beards in the series. 

The Worst

10. Justin Braun

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Looks like a Bond villain.

9. Dainius Zubrus

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What’s up with that bare spot on the cheek?

8. Evgeni Malkin

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I think he shaved with a butter knife.

7. Marc-Édouard Vlasic

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Bad beard, but bonus points for dogs.​

6. Sidney Crosby

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Now you see why they call him The Kid.

5. Conor Sheary

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Not much to see here.

4. Matt Murray

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Good thing it’s covered by a mask.

3. Tomas Hertl

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Maybe it’ll grow in better when he’s older.

2. Carl Hagelin

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Like a Scandinavian Captain Hook.

1. Olli Maatta

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I think there’s something on his lip.

The Best

10. Brenden Dillon

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Good coverage.

9. Phil Kessel

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​Much better than his breath.

8. Nick Bonino

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Robust in the chin.

7. Joe Pavelski

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Nice and red.

6. Kris Letang

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That’s a Norris-worthy beard.

5. Bryan Rust

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A beard befitting his new hero status.

4. Patrick Marleau

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​Dignified.

3. Patric Hornqvist

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Literally Yukon Cornelius.

2. Brent Burns

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You don’t get a Chia Pet by having a lame beard.

1. Joe Thornton

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He looks kinda like Charles Manson, but I love this beard anyway.

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