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Punjabi broadcast honors Penguins' Bonino

HEAR IT: Play-by-play man Singh captures winner by Pittsburgh center with memorable call

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Staff Writer

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks was the type of fast-paced, end-to-end hockey that can take your breath away whether you are a player or spectator.

But Harnarayan Singh, the play-by-play broadcaster for "Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi," had more than enough left to go full throttle on his call of the game-winning goal by Penguins forward Nick Bonino.

Based on what we've seen earlier in the playoffs, could we have expected anything less from the beloved hockey voice of social media?

When Bonino scored what would be his second game-winning goal of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Singh could not contain his excitement on OMNI Television's Punjabi-language broadcast.

He kept it simple, energetic, and repetitive immediately following the tie-breaking goal, which came with 2:33 remaining in the third period.

Tweet from @HkyNightPunjabi: *Blesses your timeline* #BONINOBONINOBONINO@IceSinghHNIC @RandipJanda @HarpPandher @BhupinderHundal

Singh is humbled that he and his broadcast crew have excited so many fans on the NHL's biggest stage.

"I'm thrilled that hockey fans everywhere are loving our commentary," Singh said. "It certainly means a lot to me personally and for our entire crew on the show. We love what we do and to have people appreciate our work. I'm very, very grateful."

The Twitter hashtag #BoninoBoninoBonino resurfaced Monday night into Tuesday morning, as it did when Singh captured Bonino's series-winning overtime goal against the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on May 10.

Tweet from @HkyNightPunjabi: Here's the call to the goal that won the series for the @Penguins! #HockeyNightPunjabi

Singh said the first time he used the "Bonino, Bonino, Bonino" goal call in the Penguins-Capitals series, it was spontaneous. He reserved his encore rendition for Bonino's next big moment.

"We've had a number of requests from viewers via social media for me to use the Bonino goal call again, and I was thinking to myself: 'I'll only use it if he scores what could be a game winner or an overtime goal,'" Singh said. "Lo and behold, Bonino ends up scoring the go-ahead goal and eventual game winner in Game 1. There's nothing bigger than the Stanley Cup Final, so I just went with it!"

Bonino has four goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, each coming in either the third period or overtime.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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