It's arguably the most famous video in the history of the Penguins.
It's not a goal. It's not a save. It's not a check or even winning the Stanley Cup.
It's simply two players sitting on a bench jawing – or to use hockey parlance, chirping – at another player.
During the 1991 Stanley Cup Final, Penguins centers Bryan Trottier and left winger Kevin Steven were unleashed a torrent of vulgarity on Minnesota North Stars left winger Brian Bellows as he lined up near the Penguins bench for a faceoff.
In two instances, a homophobic slur was directed at Bellows.
In 2011, Trottier told the Post-Gazette, “It’s not one of my proudest moments.”
The video was a rarity in 1991. Broadcasters almost never had microphones or reporters near the benches. High definition television was barely a concept let alone readily available for most viewers. And the Internet certainly wasn't abundantly available to preserve every image or video.
In 2016, all those things exist.
"You look at that video of [Trottier and Stevens] from the bench yelling," said Penguins defenseman Ian Cole, "Nothing like that really happens today. Not the yelling from the bench part but the content of what was said."
Tuesday, Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (above) was seen using a homophobic slur at an opponent in a game against the Blues, After apologizing for the outburst Wednesday, Shaw, who also displayed a middle finger at one point, was suspended one game by the NHL, fined $5,000 and ordered to undergo sensitivity training.
Unlike the 1991 rant of Stevens and Trottier, Shaw's words weren't even audibly recorded but there was video of him using a homophobic word in a clear fashion which landed him in hot water. The video was almost instantaneously turned into a .gif and circulated on Twitter.
With the proliferation of media able to document virtually everything on the ice, players are mindful of their words and actions.
“I'd say they're a little bit more careful," said Penguins center Sidney Crosby. "I think today with cameras and [microphones], everything is picked up so much more maybe. I think everyone is aware kind of what the line is if you cross the line, that type of thing."
"At the end of the day, things are going to be said guys regret. It's emotional. We've all been there. We've said stuff we probably shouldn't have. It's the heat of the moment. Most of the time, you catch yourself right away but it does happen.”
“This day and age with social media, Twitter, that kind of stuff, it gets the ball rolling real quick if something happens," Rangers center Eric Staal said. "There's definitely a lot of technology nowadays. It's one of those things you have to be aware."
It's not just technology which has changed in that time span. Players attitudes have as well, even within the past decade.
“I think I've seen a noticeable change in that type of language in the last five years," said Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy. "I think people are becoming much more educated about derogatory terms. If something like that is said, guys aren't comfortable with that now. I think we have come a long way and have even more space to improve.”
“I think it's unfortunate this has happened [Shaw's outburst] but I really do feel the language has cleaned up and it's much better than it used to be," said Rangers left winger Tanner Glass. "It used to be commonplace to hear slurs like that. He got caught. It still does exist a little bit but for the most part, it's much cleaner out there."
The reduction of homophobic language hasn't only happened on NHL rinks but in dressing rooms as well.
"I think a lot of people five, 10 years ago didn't realize how hateful that term is," said Lovejoy. "It has been pretty much eradicated from our locker room. I remember a time when it was commonplace. Guys are becoming more educated. I think we are making strides."
"Even amongst your own teammates, it used to be commonplace for those kind of slurs, as it was in general culture I think," said Glass. "Just as teammates, as players around the league we're trying to let it be known that's not acceptable."
The NHL has made organized efforts to eliminate homophobia from by working with "You Can Play," a group which, as stated on its Web site, "is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity."
The group was founded by Patrick Burke, director of the NHL's department of player safety and has had several NHL players speak on its behalf.
"[Burke] has his [You Can Play program] and I think that's something guys truly feel that message," said Cole. "They're not outspoken about it. They're not 'Rah-rah, look at me!' about it but I think every guy in this locker room and every guy honestly I've ever played with truly feels that way."
"I don't think there's anyone that's a bigot in the sense that , “Oh no he's gay. He's truly a terrible person.' I don't think that's something anyone I've ever played with has ever felt. I've never played with a gay teammate but I don't think that's something anyone would have a problem with.”
Regardless of the reasons, it seems clear words like the one Shaw used have are not welcome by his peers.
"I don't think it should have anything to do with cameras or anything," said Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley. "It's something you shouldn't say."
(Photo: Carrie Antlfinger/Associated Press)