First off the hardwatching staff wants to nominate hockey as the real beautiful game (sorry, fútbol), especially during the Stanley Cup Finals.
There’s almost never a bad finals game, and last night’s double-overtime tilt between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers was no exception.
• Could Mike Emrick please call every hockey game? Everywhere? (Nice NPR interview here.)
• Thankfully, this series never got ugly, just a little firm-jawed now and then.
• Pick up the action in the third period, where Marian Gaborik tied the score 2-2 on a power play the Kings never should have had.
• Rangers once again weak on the puck in last six minutes, lucky to even make it to overtime.
• Frantic action in first overtime.
• Rangers power play.
• McDonough hits the post!
• Fabulous hockey – any way both these teams can win?
• Toffoli hits the crossbar!
• Frantic action in the second overtime.
• LAK penalty, good NYR power play – nothing.
• Someone hits the post!
• Nash wide-open net, deflected by Voynov.
• Kings 3-on-2 – score!
• Handshake line.
• The always eloquent Doc Emrick, as rival goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Hendrik Lundqvist meet: “How shattered one must be, how elated the other. And there they are.”
And there you are. Another Stanley Cup inscription to come.
P.S. A week ago our friend and splendid reader Mick sent us this:
Right again, Mick. As you invariably are on all matters hockey.
Thanks for the shout out. Sorry for being right. Any chance I could be a poor guest and ask you to crop my IP address out of that image? 🙂
Sorry it took so long to do this, Mick.