HNIC Open Thread: March 2nd

Can’t Stop The Sedins:

Henrik Sedin’s patience on this goal is just stupid. West coast is seeing a good game.


Your Theme Song Is In Another Castle:

This just popped up on YouTube and I thought it was kind of awesome. 8-Bit HNIC theme, yo!


Old Man Yells At Cloud…Again:

Here’s Don Cherry’s latest for those who are into that sort of thing (you know who you are).



Give Me More Goals:

Remember that crazy game I was talking about earlier? Here’s how it ended. Note the score. That’s a lot of goals.



More Montage:

If you’re a Canucks fan I’m not sure if you’ll love this or hate this but CBC wants you to remember your past.



Don Cherry is wearing this on his head. Just saying. (s/t to Stefanie Gordon)

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Canucks vs. Kings

Vancouver Canucks v Los Angeles Kings






Before we get to talking about the west coast teams. Can we just take a minute to acknolwedge what a ridiculous game that was? I mean, good Lord. So that’s what a good Hockey Night In Canada game looks like. I wouldn’t know. Anyway, as we head out to another time zone we take a look at the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks are playing well despite some injuries to their squad (gotta feel for Kesler) and have been able to weather their goaltending controvery storm so far this season pretty well. At least, that’s what Strombone would like you to think (no, they totally have and Luongo is awesome). The Kings are red hot and seem to be reganing the form they had in the playoffs last season when they just refused to lose ever. Maybe all those early season predictions of the Kings repeating as champs aren’t so crazy after all? (They won’t, but go with it).



Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows
Chris Higgins – Mason Raymond – Jannik Hansen
David Booth – Maxim Lapierre – Zack Kassian
Tom Sestito – Jordan Schroeder – Dale Weise

Alex Edler – Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis – Keith Ballard
Andrew Alberts – Jason Garrison

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

Los Angeles Kings

Justin Williams – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Trevor Lewis – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner – Jarret Stoll – Dwight King
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Keaton Ellerby – Davis Drewiske

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier


Sidney CrosbDERP:

Is this a rare double-DERP? You can’t really see Emelin’s face but, from what we can, I think it might be. Fitting for a game like this.

 Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens


Our Lady Montage:

Tonight’s opening montage was set to a song by Raine Maida which….wasn’t totally terrible. Huh. Didn’t know that was possible. Distinct lack of “ahahoohoo” and “iyeeiyeeiyee,” though. Get it together, Raine.


No Leafs game on Saturday make Jake something, something.

Canadiens vs. Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens


The surprisingly, actually, kind of really good Montreal Canadiens face a real test to prove just how surprisingly, actually, or kind of really good they are when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. The Habs are coming of an absolutely stellar February which saw them lose only two games in regulation and, since their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Maple Leafs on February 9th, lost only two games, neither in regulation. The Penguins, on the other hand, are coming off a two game losing streak (at the hands of Florida and Carolina) but also had a pretty decent February, losing only 5 games including those last two. Oh yeah, and that Sidney Crosby guy has been pretty good lately. Oh yeah,  and if the Habs win tonight they pass the Bruins for first place in the Eastern Conference. And they play the Bruins tomorrow. So, yeah, this might be a big game for them.


Montreal Canadiens

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust - Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Michael Ryder
Travis Moen – Ryan White – Colby Armstrong

Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Tomas Kaberle – PK Subban
Josh Georges – Francis Bouillon

Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Pittsburgh Penguins

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Brandon Sutter – James Neal
Beau Bennett – Dustin Jeffrey – Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen – Mark Eaton
Simon Despres – Deryk Engelland

Tomas Vokoun
Marc-Andre Fleury