The effects of these issues were mitigated somewhat when HNIC started doing East/West doubleheaders and split regional games (i.e. the Winnipeg Jets for Manitoba/Saskatchewan, Canadiens for Quebec, etc.), but the default game would still often be one of those teams, and it was hard to escape it unless you had multiple CBC time zone feeds on your TV service. The new Rogers consortium attempts to mitigate this, but Hockey Night in Toronto still lives on; what was the "default" game under the old arrangement is what gets put on CBC nationally — in this case, the Maple Leafs.
"The Chance", the playoff anthem of the mid-1990s.
The Coach's Corner theme.
The final game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final closed with a montage set to Queen's "The Show Must Go On", incorporating the traditional highlights, along with clips of memorable Hockey Night moments from the past.
The presence of George Stroumboulopoulos and the ousting of Ron MacLean
The mere fact that Sportsnet is producing it instead of CBC proper (although Rogers subcontracts some of the HNIC production staff from CBC, including its executive producers. Aside from studio segments, there is still some continuity behind the scenes)