Stanley Cup spotlighted in first 'All Access' episode – NHL.com

Before you meet the characters, you see what they’re playing for.

You see Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby after he won the Stanley Cup for the first time, New York Rangers center Mark Messier at a loss for words, Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne embracing his wife and Dallas Stars center Mike Modano, head in hand, crying. You see Edmonton Oilers goaltender Bill Ranford smiling and sighing because he didn’t know what else to do, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque pointing at the Stanley Cup as it moved swiftly past him and Oilers center Wayne Gretzky moments after he became a champion in the NHL for the first time.

And that’s just the first 90 seconds of the first episode of Showtime Sports’ “All Access: Quest For the Stanley Cup,” the behind-the-scenes series that will take viewers inside the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, from the conference finals through the Stanley Cup Final.

The first episode, which debuted Friday, starts with images of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup parade last year, another sign of what this is all about.

It moves quickly from Western Pennsylvania’s City of Champions north to Ottawa, south to Nashville and west to Anaheim, providing an introduction of the four cities still playing in the playoffs, featuring the Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks.

The first stop on the tour was Anaheim for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center, where you saw Ducks forward Corey Perry’s pregame routine and heard him talking about how winning Game 7 of the second round was like ripping the monkey off of the backs of the Anaheim players who had been around to lose Game 7s in each of the previous four seasons.

The action went on the ice, where you were treated to

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