From the December 28, 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine: The controversial tiebreaker method some call "the shootout" examined from all angles, via Lindsay Berra and E.J. Hradek.
For the men behind the bench, the road to the Cup is a puzzle of gut-wrenching decisions and calculated adjustments.
How do you keep from obsessing about the coming labor war? Try a first half as exciting and surprising as this season's.