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CBC says goodbye in moving, playoff-closing montage (Video)

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez carries the Stanley Cup after beating the Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won, 3-2, with Martinez scoring the winning goal in double overtime. (AP)
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Kings defenseman Alec Martinez carries the Stanley Cup after beating the Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won, 3-2, with Martinez scoring the winning goal in double overtime. (AP)

For many Canadians, the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup win on Friday night was bittersweet, and not because it meant yet another American team hoisting the Cup. (We're used to that.) Rather, it's because Alec Martinez's double-overtime goal didn't just signal the end of the playoffs -- it signalled the end of an era for Hockey Night in Canada.

The Canadian institution will be back next season, sure, but it won't be quite the same with Rogers pulling the strings, and the montage that closed CBC's final broadcast of the 2014 playoffs, set to Queen's "The Show Must Go On", seemed to reflect that:

"Empty spaces, what are we living for / Abandoned places - I guess we know the score."

Think that's a subtle commentary on the CBC being gutted in the wake of the Rogers deal? Kudos on the biting song choice, Tim Thompson. Not to mention the quality of the rest of it. That was fantastic.

Here's NBC's closing montage as well. Weirdly, it's set to a Queen song as well. Maybe there was some sort of licensing discount?

It doesn't seem quite as sad, mind you. Probably because the guy who made it knows he'll get to make next year's as well.

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