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Adam Henrique sheds playoff beard for ‘stache to turn things around


Eric Marin

Look, playoff beards are awesome. They’re especially great when they reach the “seriously could nest birds” level of a David Clarkson or Dustin Penner.

Penner (via AP):



Clarkson (Getty):

2012 Stanley Cup Final - Media Day

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 29: David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils speaks during Media Day for the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Prudential Center on May 29, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Unfortunately for the longevity of both Clarkson and Penner’s beards,* the Los Angeles Kings already have a commanding 3-0 series lead over Clarkson’s New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. Another Kings victory could clog a lot of sinks/drains in both dressing rooms, but the Devils passed along an adjustment that’s far more superficial than injecting Petr Skyora back into the lineup. Adam Henrique has adapted his postseason facial hair to the ‘stache:


Eric Marin

Quite dashing, eh? Here are a few gut reactions:

1. Is it me or does Henrique bare a tiny resemblance to Freddie Mercury? (“We are the Eastern Conference Champions” doesn’t have the same ring to it.)

2. Patrick Kane defied follicle traditions with his playoff mullet and was rewarded richly.

3. That being said, Kane rocked the rat tail much earlier. Is Henrique’s obviously-hugely-important adjustment a case of “too little hair, too late”?

Feel free to share your own assessment in the comments.

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