And so we come to the end of another season of Hockey Hugs. It's been real.
I hope you've enjoyed our occasional examinations of hockey's hug-heavy culture this year, and if you haven't, I hope the black ball of hate inside of you eventually finds a way out. Perhaps this week's edition of hockey hugs, which is just loaded with goodness, will blast to smaller, more passable bits like a kidney stone.
How can you not love the Blackhawks rushing to grab some Corey Crawford just after time expires in Game 6? Heck, Johnny Oduya appears to have fainted from all the excitement.
And at right, we have a comforting embrace between the victor, Marian Hossa (not to be confused with the Viktor, Stalberg) and the defeated Zdeno Chara. It's like that scene at the end of "Harry and the Hendersons" where the Hendersons say goodbye to Harry at the edge of the wilderness.
The major difference, of course, is that instead of meeting up with a bunch of other Sasquatches, Chara rode the Rowdy Rooster.
Anyway. Coming up: our five favourite hockey hugs from the Stanley Cup Final.
No. 5. Boston Bruins
Patrice Bergeron hugs Jaromir Jagr. Or leans against him for support.
"The doctors can fix the hole in my lung. But if you leave Boston, no one will be able to fix the hole in my heart."
No. 4, Chicago Blackhawks
The Blachawks' late, game-tying goal in Game 6 led to the best shot we have of "The Bickell", which, as we've established, is the spiteful, ancient demon that dwells within Bryan Bickell.
"THE BICKELL HAS DONE AS YOU REQUESTED. THE HARVEST IS NIGH."
"Aw hell, now? The game's not over!"
"FOR YOU IT HAS ENDED. BWAHAHAHAHAHA."
"Crap. Okay, Michal, we knew this day would come. Tell the guys we need to finish this in regulation before he eats all of our souls."
No. 3, Boston Bruins
Daniel Paille tells Tyler Seguin a sad story.
"And then Allie suddenly realizes the story he's reading to her is about them and how they met and fell in love, and in a brief moment of lucidity, they're together again."
"Oh my god Danny that's so sad."
No. 2, Chicago Blackhawks
Daniel Carcillo, Corey Crawford and Patrick Kane sing a prog-pop classic.
Crawford: "Turn around, bright eyes..."
Carcillo: "EVERY NOW AND THEN I FALL APART!!!"
No. 1, Chicago Blackhawks
And finally, the best hug from the Stanley Cup Final (apart from this one, which is disqualified because it only involves one human) is Jonathan Toews and Joel Quenneville in this intense embrace.
"I didn't shave for months! Why can't I grow a moustache like yours? What is wrong with me?!"
"Hey now, don't be so hard on yourself. You just won the Stanley Cup!"
"I DON'T EVEN CARE"