Hockey Night in Canada closes season with incredible playoff montage

Jared Clinton
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin (via Sportsnet/YouTube)

Be it pre-game, post-game or tributes, Hockey Night in Canada has always produced some of the best montages in sports, and following the conclusion of Game 6’s on-ice celebration by the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Hockey Night delivered once again with a beautiful five-minute look back at the post-season.

The montage splices in mic’d up players, some stirring visuals and brings out the emotion of the post-season, like St. Louis Blues captain David Backes’ tearful recounting of Steve Ott’s dedication to the team and helping to get Backes back in the lineup. There’s also images of tributes to Gordie Howe, audio of local broadcasts during overtime heroics and, of course, two of the post-season’s best goal calls: Read more

Watch Kris Letang’s Stanley Cup-clinching goal, Penguins sing ‘We Are The Champions’

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Kris Letang fires home the Stanley Cup-winning goal (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

As judged by Conn Smythe Trophy voters, Sidney Crosby was the Pittsburgh Penguins’ best forward — and best player — in the post-season, but it was Kris Letang who was undoubtedly the Penguins’ top blueliner throughout the post-season. It’s fitting then that Pittsburgh clinched the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup on a goal that saw Crosby and Letang link up.

With the Penguins having their second chance to close out the Sharks and take the Cup, Pittsburgh made sure to keep any glimmer of hope San Jose may have had to a minimum. The Penguins opened the scoring on a power play tally by Brian Dumoulin in the first period, but the SAP Center exploded less than seven minutes into the second frame when Logan Couture tied the game. But in a series where the Sharks trailed for the majority, Game 6 would be much the same.

From the moment the puck was dropped following Couture’s goal, the Penguins took over. Pittsburgh got possession, turned the puck up ice and skated circles around the San Jose zone, putting pucks on net and making Sharks netminder Martin Jones dart back and forth to cover his goal. After nearly 40 seconds of zone time, which included Letang showcasing some fancy footwork along the left wing wall, Crosby dug a puck out of the front of the net, swooped behind the goal and laid a perfect pass out front for Letang to one-time home: Read more

Punjabi broadcaster channels The Simpsons to call Brent Burns’ goal

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Logan Couture (left) and Brent Burns  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Harnarayan Singh, Hockey Night Punjabi’s excellent play-by-play voice, has become a sensation during the post-season thanks to his exuberant goal calls.

His repeated hollering of Pittsburgh center Nick Bonino’s name is a hit in the Penguins’ dressing room, Singh’s call of Sidney Crosby’s overtime-winner during the Eastern Conference final was European soccer-esque and he’s made almost every goal call that much more exciting. It was almost a given that something excellent would come from Singh in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, and it didn’t take long at all.

When San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns scored 104 seconds into the game, Singh drew on his Simpsons knowledge to find the perfect tie-in, and he’s about to get some love from those who love pop culture crossovers: Read more

Penguins’ Ian Cole picked a good time to score his first career playoff goal

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Ian Cole (via NHL.com)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole isn’t exactly what one would call a sniper. In 257 career games, Cole has scored only 10 goals, but his most recent goal drought was starting to get a little crazy, even for someone whose career-high is five goals in a campaign.

When Cole stepped out onto the ice for Game 5, it officially marked the start of his 105th game since he last scored. That’s right: Cole hadn’t scored in more than a calendar year. The last time he lit the lamp was March 26, 2015, in a regular season tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes. So to call Cole an unlikely goal-scorer in the Stanley Cup final would be an understatement, yet there he was in the first frame, finding the back of the net to give the Penguins an early lead.

Cole’s goal came 7:36 into the first period of Game 4 following a shot by Penguins winger Phil Kessel that was blockered away by San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. But in trying to control the rebound, Jones knocked the puck right into Cole’s path and the Penguins rearguard wasted no time one-timing the puck into the back of the net: Read more

Jersey worn by Mighty Ducks’ fictional star Adam Banks up for grabs in Hollywood auction

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Adam Banks' Mighty Ducks jersey (via Invaluable.com)

Disney’s Mighty Ducks film franchise is beloved by almost an entire generation of hockey fans, so much so that to this day there are those hoping and campaigning for a fourth instalment in the series.

Another Mighty Ducks movie might be a bit of a stretch at this point, though. D3: The Mighty Ducks was released 20 years ago and the original cast would be more likely to play hockey parents than have anything to do with the on-ice product.

Even with the chances of one last hurrah for Charlie Conway and Co. slim, fans of the franchise have kept the love of the movies alive with shirseys and gear that bears the logo or names of the fictional players. And there’s a new piece of merchandise on the market that is sure to draw some interest from nostalgia-loving Mighty Ducks fans: the ‘game-worn’ jersey of Adam Banks, which was used in production of the first movie in 1992. Read more

Donskoi overtime winner sparks goal call of the playoffs from Finnish broadcast

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Joonas Donskoi (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Finnish fans tuning into the Stanley Cup final have two national heroes to cheer for in Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and San Jose Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi, but only one has been the cause of the best goal call of the post-season.

Throughout Game 3, Donskoi, a member of the Sharks’ second line, had a few chances to either tie the contest or put San Jose ahead but wasn’t able to capitalize. However, after a third-period goal by Sharks winger Joel Ward set up overtime in Saturday’s game, it was Donskoi who managed to net the game winning goal on a brilliant move and perfectly placed shot in the extra frame.

With less than eight minutes remaining in the first overtime, Donskoi helped create a cycle behind the Penguins net that resulted in Chris Tierney putting the puck back on Donskoi’s stick. Cutting around the net, Donskoi warded off the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin and an oncoming Justin Schultz to find a sliver of space over the shoulder of goaltender Matt Murray for the game-winning tally.

The goal itself was nice, as were the calls by NBC’s Mike Emrick and CBC’s Jim Hughson. That said, neither of the play-by-play men could match the excitement of Antti Makinen, Viasat’s game-caller, who delivered the goal call of the playoffs: Read more

Watch Sheary’s Game 2 overtime heroics give Penguins 2-0 series lead

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Conor Sheary (Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

Forget playing in his first Stanley Cup final. For Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Conor Sheary, this is his first NHL post-season.

Through 19 games, the 23-year-old winger has seen a massive increase in ice time and that’s come along with a bump in his production. And with the final only two games old, Sheary has made as big an impact on the series as anyone. He scored in Game 1, netting the Penguins’ second goal of the game, and he did the same in Game 2. The only difference was this time, when Sheary scored Pittsburgh’s second tally of the contest, it was the overtime game-winner.

On a set play off the faceoff, Penguins center Sidney Crosby won the faceoff back to defenseman Kris Letang. Trying to guard against Letang’s shot, Sharks center Logan Couture ventured out to the blueline to block any shot attempt from Letang, but the Penguins rearguard delivered a short slap-pass to Sheary. With more space to work than anyone had had all game, Sheary stepped up, fired a shot between the legs of San Jose defenseman Justin Braun and up over the glove of goaltender Martin Jones before exploding in celebration: Read more

Seinfeld’s ‘Puddy’ gifted awesome Devils mask, supports the team

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(via DaveArt.com)

Be it George Costanza’s parents or the reviled neighbor, Newman, the cast of secondary characters on Seinfeld were sometimes the show stealers. And though there’s no replacement for Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer, one secondary character who was always a fan favorite was the mechanic-turned-salesman David Puddy, expertly portrayed by Patrick Warburton.

Puddy only appeared in 10 episodes of the show — it somehow feels like more — but he left a lasting mark on the series and, as far as sports go, on New Jersey Devils fans. As the main plotline of a 1995 episode titled ‘The Face Painter,’ Puddy took to a Devils playoff game against the New York Rangers with Jerry, Elaine and Kramer, only for Puddy to emerge from the bathroom pre-game with his face painted Devils green and red. Why, you ask? Because, as Puddy says, “Gotta support the team.”

The face-painted antics of Puddy, who was also sporting a Martin Brodeur jersey in the episode, landed him a spot this past season on Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood’s mask. Mask artist David Gunnarsson, a fan of Seinfeld and the man behind Wedgewood’s lid, made a replica recently and shipped it off to Warburton. He was wowed by the gift from the DaveArt mask designer: Read more