Hockey Hugs is a feature that celebrates the best in hugging from around the sport of hockey, because who doesn't love a good hug now and then? Have you seen a particularly good hug photo lately? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet it to @HarrisonMooney.
A lot has happened since we last served up a big batch of hockey hugs. Two rounds of playoff hockey. Six eliminations. And, thanks in large part to the 2014 Los Angeles Kings being a great deal more committed to staging an entertaining, compelling postseason than the 2012 Los Angeles Kings and losing three of seven every single time out, 40 games of hockey.
That's a lot of hockey hugs. And with each goal imbued with extra meaning in these do-or-die games, a lot of high-end hockey hugs, at that.
Look at this intense snuggle against the Madison Square Garden glass, for instance. And we're right there! Kudos to photographer Kathy "Ms. Frizzle" Willens for taking us right into the heart of the hug like she's got a magic school bus.
And that's only the seventh-best hockey hugs of the last two rounds. Brace yourself (and if possible, someone else, that being the spirit of this post).
Dale Weise and Brandon Prust celebrate a big goal versus Boston, while a Bruins fan looks on disapprovingly. Look at that scowl. That's an elite scowl. If I wrote a blog post called "hockey scowls", this one would win.
"We're briefly relevant!"
No. 5, Chicago Blackhawks
Unaware that it's happening right in front of them, Patricks Kane and Sharp are moved at the sight of Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford having a moment on the JumboTron.
"I wish someone would hug me like that, Sharpie."
"Pfft. People wish I would hug them like that. Have you seen me? I'm crazy handsome."
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