December 14, 2010
Following in the tradition of such NHL postgame player celebration rituals as the full-speed bump between Nicklas Backstrom(notes) and Alex Ovechkin(notes) of the Washington Capitals from last year, here are the Colorado Avalanche's Paul Stastny(notes) and Matt Duchene(notes) performing the routine that's sweeping through the Western Conference.
Ladies and gents ... it's the "Bang-Bang Dance":
As we mentioned in yesterday's Puck Headlines, Duchene tweeted out the origin for this odd little jig, which was caught by cameras after the Avs' wild 7-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.
The source? "How I Met Your Mother," that bastion of hockey references and comedy memes:
It's from the "HIMYM" episode titled "Of Course," in which "Bang, Bang, Bangity-Bang" is used to communicate uncomfortable tales of sexual exploits through song. So, in fact, it does all come back to scoring.
Reader Andy Gai predicts the Avalanche's "Bang Bang" dance is going to break huge, to the point where it's featured on the Jumbotron after home victories. We agree; not only because the cameras are searching out for it but also because the Denver Post is reporting on it.
Now it's just a matter of when the inevitable unprofessional/act-like-you've-been-there/embarrassing-young-players backlash hits. Tough to predict, given that that Avs already faced the curmudgeonly Lightning this season.
In the meantime, we won't be happy until we see a full-roster, Belfast Giants-style "Bang Bang Dance" number performed at center ice after an Avs' victory; because it's, like, a billion times more entertaining than a stick raise. "I said a bang, bang, bangity-bang ... bang bang bangity-bang."