We Imagine Gary Bettman Enjoyed Game 7 The Least of All
May 14, 2009 9 Comments
Well that was unpleasant for everyone involved. Game 7 of the Penguins-Capitals series was one big fat stinker. Some observations from the deciding game:
- It’s a shame that this will be the final game Daryl “Razor” Reaugh calls this NHL season. He had the broadcasting series of his life. Working with Mike “Doc” Emrick brought out the best in both announcers. I’d like to see VERSUS go with three man booths, a la NBC, for the Conference Finals and special events, so that guys like Razor and Andy Brickley can keep working through the Conference Finals. Or at least add a second reporter gig.
- Everyone’s going to complain about NBC only airing two Conference Final games total, but that’s really no more than FOX or ABC ever aired. Even when either network had two high-profile Conference Finals, they refused to air both of them (Think Rangers/Flyers and Red Wings/Avs in ’97, or Devils/Flyers and Stars/Avs in ’00). NBC’s simply doing what they can to keep hockey semi-relevant on their schedule so they can say they aired some action before the Stanley Cup Finals begin.
- No matter what, the NHL has to simply be pissed at what an awful game this was. It’ll likely cost the NHL a few hundred thousand viewers in the totals that would’ve flocked to a close third period of Pens-Caps. That said, if the Red Wings and Bruins pull through tomorrow night, every game of the Conference Finals will draw better than a million viewers on broadcast television, which would be a huge step forward for the league as far as legitimacy goes.