Your Announcers/Open Thread for Tonight’s Penguins/Lightning Game

Every time the NHL has a nationally televised game, we give you a chance to snark away at the jokesters calling it with this open post/thread.  Feel free to post opinions on the game, humorous anecdotes, and anything just plain stupid the announcers might happen to say.  Enjoy.

Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 PM
Play by Play:
Dave Strader
Color: Neil Smith
Reporter: Chris Simpson 
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Your Mid-Day YouTube Compulsory: Ray Bourque Wants to Cyber

Ray Bourque on The NHL on FOX feature “CyberZone”

BREAKING NEWS: Flyers-Rangers NBC’s Game of the Week on March 15th… Sigh

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but we’ll do it here anyway.  We were told earlier today by the NHL that NBC has selected the Flyers-Rangers matchup to air as it’s Sunday Game of the Week on March 15th at 12:30 PM ET.  It was picked over Bruins-Penguins or Red Wings-Blue Jackets.

We hate to be so negative, but this was clearly directly chosen so they could avoid airing the Devils-Bruins matchup on March 22nd.  Now, NBC can use the Pens one more time, and that time will be March 22nd when they take on the Flyers.  It also means that for the 2nd consecutive season, NBC’s 10 “Games of the Week” will have aired a game featuring the Rangers, Red Wings or Penguins every single week.  NBC’s rest of the season schedule is now easily predictable.  It’s after the jump.

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Greatest Hits: Everybody has Their Don Cherry Opinion

 

Don Cherry

Don Cherry

 “Greatest Hits” is an occasional feature where we compile the best of the opinions on a hot-button issue around the NHL.

Here’s how you know Don Cherry’s comments about Alexander Ovechkin were big news: “Around the Horn” and “Pardon the Interruption”, two shows that spend about as much time on hockey as Rush Limbaugh spends sober, spent significant time talking about what Grapes had to say about The Magic 8-Ball.  Here’s a massive collection of opinions on Don’s most recent controversy, and click here to view all the offending statements.

Puck Daddy
The Bleacher Report 
The National Post
NHL Examiner
DCIst
Orland Kurtenblog
D.C. Sports Bog
NHL Home Ice