Harnarayan Singh, Hockey Night Punjabi’s excellent play-by-play voice, has become a sensation during the post-season thanks to his exuberant goal calls.
His repeated hollering of Pittsburgh center Nick Bonino’s name is a hit in the Penguins’ dressing room, Singh’s call of Sidney Crosby’s overtime-winner during the Eastern Conference final was European soccer-esque and he’s made almost every goal call that much more exciting. It was almost a given that something excellent would come from Singh in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, and it didn’t take long at all.
When San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns scored 104 seconds into the game, Singh drew on his Simpsons knowledge to find the perfect tie-in, and he’s about to get some love from those who love pop culture crossovers:
— Hockey Night Punjabi (@HkyNightPunjabi) June 10, 2016
If Singh is the one saying “excellent,” does that make his broadcasting colleague Waylon Smithers? Either way, this is another great, and hilarious, call from Singh.
Burns’ goal was his seventh of the playoffs but first of the final and was a huge one to get the Sharks started. It’s hard to imagine Singh wasn’t sitting on this call for the past four games, though, just hoping Burns would find the back of the net. That’s not to say that would make the call any worse. If anything, it makes it even better that he’s preplanning a few gags to give fans a chuckle during the game.
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: it almost doesn’t matter which team you’re cheering for at this point, because the best thing we can all hope for is an overtime goal to win the Stanley Cup. With the way Singh has been calling these playoffs, it wouldn’t be surprising if he was saving his best goal call for just that moment.