Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin (via Sportsnet/YouTube)
Hockey Night in Canada has made moving montages a post-Stanley Cup final tradition and they produced yet another excellent tribute to the playoffs following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ victory Sunday.
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:
There’s some great little moments in the montage, like the embrace between the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Lightning coach Jon Cooper telling Crosby to “bring the Cup home,” and the Penguins captain telling his teammates they’ll be touching the Prince of Wales Trophy because “we always touch it.”
Where this ranks in the history of Hockey Night in Canada montages will always come down to personal preference, but there’s nothing better than seeing another one produced to cap off a spectacular post-season. It has us missing hockey season already, but we’re excited to see what Hockey Night comes up with to kick off the 2016-17 campaign.