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BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Marian Hossa #81

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks fights for position in front of Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in the first period in Game Four of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by BB/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty BB

The first four games of the Stanley Cup Final enjoyed high ratings and high drama, thanks in part to a total of five overtime periods. Sudden death is inherently exciting, but it helps that there are no commercial breaks in OT.

Speaking of which, why is that? It’s a longstanding tradition that dates to a long-ago compromise between the NHL and TV partners to avoid giving either team an edge by taking a break.

It now is so entrenched, and so favored by fans, no one has dared try to change it in recent years.

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