HNIC Opening Night Open Thread!

THE ULTIMATE PICTURE FROM THE RETURN OF THE NHL

You know, in a way we had an idea that he would become this sort of legend but, in another way, we had no idea. The Finnish Flash is going to go out the same way he entered — on top. Cherish him, hockey fans. There may not be another one.

On a night where I took you along a journey during the opener of HNIC’s 60th season, I’ll leave you with a video that takes you back to its 50th. 589 goals later, we have modern day Teemu Selanne. Teemu Forever.



#TEEMUFOREVER

Dear Dan Hamhuis,

You know that guy with 664 goals? Watch him.

You didn’t watch him. Watch the guy with 665 goals.

-AV

“FOOTSTEPS”

The Hockey Night in Canada crew celebrated 60 years with a feature they put together on the impact of HNIC. It’s an impressive — if not eye-opening — piece. I’m sure every single one of us has a similar story as most of us were the kid staying up late to try and hear what was going on during the game.

Sports. There’s nothing like it.

CANUCKS INTRO

Say what you will about the Vancouver Canucks, they know how to make an entrance. Killer footage from Canucks TV.

CANUCKS FIRST GOAL

Dan Hamhuis can take credit for the first goal of the Vancouver Canucks season. They’re tied 2-2 at the first intermission with Anaheim.
COACH’S CORNER!

What happens when you have the first Coach’s Corner after Brian Burke gets fired? Things spiral out of control quickly. Vintage Cherry.

BOZAK BREAKS THE CAM

There weren’t a ton of highlights from tonight’s Leafs/Habs game, so Tyler Bozak annihilating the net cam may actually be the best play of the night.

Ducks vs. Canucks

Preview:
Two teams in different scenarios take each other on in this game. The consecutive Presidents Trophy winners play host two a Ducks team that missed the playoffs last season. Cory Schneider will officially assume the Vancouver goaltending throne and will have a great test in his first start as he plays opposite Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller. Expect a quality performance from the Canucks tonight.

Lineups:
Vancouver Canucks
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond – Andrew Ebbett – Zack Kassian
Chris Higgins – Max Lapierre – Jannik Hansen
Aaron Volpatti – Manny Malhotra – Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis – Kevin Bieksa
Jason Garrison – Alex Edler
Keith Ballard – Chris Tanev

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

Anaheim Ducks
Kyle Palmieri – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan – Nick Bonino – Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano – Saku Koivu – Daniel Winnik
Matt Belesky – Devante Smith-Pelly – Brad Staubitz

Francois Beauchemin – Toni Lydman
Cam Fowler – Bryan Allen
Luca Sbisa – Sheldon Souray

Jonas Hiller
Frederik Andersen

LUNDQVIST SAVE ZOMG

This didn’t happen on Hockey Night in Canada but…

OH MY GOD SAVE OF THE YEAR BY HENRIK LUNDQVIST ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

This photo more or less sums up the immense history of the Montreal Canadiens. Jean Beliveau. Respect the legend.


As a particularly photogenic sport, hockey is generally fantastic when captured in still frames. I love this picture of Leo Komarov after the Leafs opened the scoring tonight. You have the quintessential happy teammate (Kadri scored), two sad defenders, dejected goaltender and a puck trickling back out of the net.

Hockey’s back. Here’s the photo proof.


HNIC is famous for their montages and this Aerosmith ‘Dream On’ piece is pretty stellar. A good way to kick off the primetime slot.

Leafs vs. Canadiens

We’ll be kicking off our night time coverage today with a look at tonight’s Leafs/Habs tilt in Montreal. Follow along, all night long!
Preview:
Two rebuilding teams will be looking to get their seasons off to the right start in La Belle Province on Saturday night and both teams have their question marks. The Leafs will be starting Ben Scrivens in goal — giving the decisive advantage to Montreal’s Carey Price in that department — while the Canadiens still haven’t signed P.K. Subban and, consequently, won’t have him in the lineup tonight. This will be the first time since March that the Leafs can reunite Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, while the Habs will start their season with Andrei Markov healthy for the first time in two years.

Lineups:

Toronto Maple Leafs

Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Leo Komarov
Mike Brown – Jay McClement – Colton Orr

Dion Phaneuf – Mike Kostka
John-Michael Liles – Cody Franson
Carl Gunnarsson – Mike Komisarek

Ben Scrivens
James Reimer

Montreal Canadiens
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Erik Cole
Alex Galchenyuk – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Travis Moen – Lars Eller – Rene Bourque
Brandon Prust – Ryan White – Colby Armstrong

Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Tomas Kaberle – Josh Gorges
Francis Bouillon – Raphael Diaz

Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Comments (15)

  1. but… this game doesn’t matter, right? erik karlsson is going to win the cup on his own…

  2. Great opening at the Bell Centre. The Habs do ceremonies better than every other team. Used to play hockey better too.

    • I thought it was boring and drawn out. Their ceremonies, like everything else with the Habs right now, are overrated.

  3. ALLRIGHT THIS IS BULLSHIT. THE HOMEPAGE TO THE SCORE HAS TURNED INTO LEAFS.COM.

    MIX IT UP A BIT… NOT EVERYONE LIKES HOCKEY. SERIOUSLY, NOT ONE BASKETBALL ARTICLE? AND THE ENTIRE BACKGROUND IS OF THE LEAFS.

    HOW BOUT TOMORROW WHEN THE RAPTORS PLAY THE LAKERS, YOU GUYS AT THE OFFICE YOU DEDICATE THE ENTIRE HOMEPAGE TO THE RAPTORS.

    HOCKEY IS A TERRIBLE SPORT THAT BREEDS ARROGANT JERK-OFFS, THEY ALL ASSUME HOCKEY IS THE ONLY SPORT IN THE WORLD.

    I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU! THERE ARE OTHER SPORTS!!!!

    START BEHAVING LIKE A REAL SPORTS NEWS COMPANY AND DON’T TURN INTO TSN, AKA THE HOCKEY NETWORK.

    GO RAPS

    #LETROSSDUNK

  4. Teemu forever! And was that not the most Vancouver game ever? New goalie falls flat on his face, beleaguered back up who’s waiting to be traded comes in. I just started laughing after the 5th goal.

    By the way, this is the previous opening video presentation by the Canucks, for comparison:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hsd7MW2x5E

    I like it a little bit better, just because the music is a bit more dramatic.

  5. ROFL that “save of the year” was a goal. And yes, I know they couldn’t call it because they couldn’t see the puck. The puck was in the glove, the glove was over the line. Nice catch, though.

    • When the puck entered the glove puck nor glove were over the goal line. when part of the glove, as it appeared in the video, was over the goal line, it was INCONCLUSIVE as to where the puck was situated in the glove. no goal

  6. That CBC footage was awesome :’)

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