Gotta tell ya, this is tremendously tremendous. Just that it’s historical. And hysterical.
What are the ironic chances that a Game 7 will go exactly as an entire series goes: Down 0-3, then four straight goals, making it down 0-3, then four straight wins for the Flys?
Though the coverage could have been a tad better last night.
Have I mentioned how I feel about Versus?
How in holy hell can they go to commercial when a goal is being reviewed? I am not 100 percent sure about this, but since the P.A. guy in Boston announced that the play was under review AFTER Versus came back from its commercials kind of tells me that the NHL guys in Toronto had to wait through the commercials to see the replays. Are you byfuglien kidding me? And when they did come back and show the replays, those lame three angles were all they had? That inconclusive stuff was the best they could do? The NHL must demand that its broadcast partners never do this again.
I won’t even go into the confused words of the broadcasters.
Then, after the historical ending, Versus showed us how many shots of Peter Laviolette? How many shots of Bruins fans? How many shots of Flyers fans? How many shots from the arena in Philly? Every other entity that covers hockey figured out 10, 15, 20 years ago that you never cut away from the handshake line. Never. You don’t do it. This is what the viewers want to see. You stay there, on the ice, with the players.
Not Versus. They think we want to watch fans who are watching the handshakes. WTB!?
When it was 3-1, I said that I always thought Philly looked like a different team when Simon Gagne was in the lineup. I also said it was too late. Right. And Wrong.
And how about the Bruins, once again (see: 1979) getting bounced from the playoffs on a too-many-men penalty. The last coach to have such a major mess-up? Don Cherry.
Here’s the schedule for the Conference finals:
Eastern Conference Final
Game 1: Sunday, May 16 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. VERSUS.
Game 2: Tuesday, May 18 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. VERSUS.
Game 3: Thursday, May 20 at Montreal, 7 p.m. VERSUS.
Game 4: Saturday, May 22 at Montreal, 3 p.m. NBC.
*Game 5: Monday, May 24 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. VERSUS.
*Game 6: Wednesday, May 26 at Montreal, 7 p.m. VERSUS.
*Game 7: Friday, May 28 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. VERSUS.
Western Conference Final
Game 1: Sunday, May 16 at San Jose, 3 p.m. NBC.
Game 2: Tuesday, May 18 at San Jose, 10 p.m. VERSUS.
Game 3: Friday, May 21 at Chicago, 8 p.m. VERSUS.
Game 4: Sunday, May 23 at Chicago, 3 p.m. NBC.
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 25 at San Jose, 9 p.m. VERSUS.
*Game 6: Thursday, May 27 at Chicago, 8 p.m. VERSUS.
*Game 7: Saturday, May 29 at San Jose, 8 p.m. VERSUS.