There is certainly no shortage of opinions regarding the NBC and Versus coverage of the NHL playoffs. It has led many to believe Pierre McGruire’s fetish with “hockey talk” is now uncomfortable, if not uncontrollable; others are shocked all over again that Mike Milbury was given the keys to an NHL franchise; and still others believe Eddie Olcyzk is the antichrist.
(Many are even spreading the rumor that Nostradamus predicted the world’s third antichrist would wear hair gel and spell his name with four straight consonants.)
But, Sunday’s scene may have been the weirdest, when McGuire, Olcyzk and Doc Emrick all failed to even mention the possibility that Henrik Zetterberg removed the puck from the net with his hand while watching replay after slow-motion replay of the reviewed Sidney Crosby shot on goal.
While the view of the puck was at all times completely blocked from all angles on the replay, Zetterberg, whose upper body was laying across the goal line and into the goal during the skirmish at Osgood’s feet, appeared to steer the puck with his hand from inside the net to outside the goal line. No one – not even the antichrist – mentioned that Zetterberg may have gotten away with one.
Nonetheless, Sunday’s game two of the Stanley Cup Finals may prove to be a difficult one to overcome for the Penguins from Pittsburgh. Like the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals, the Pens’ should have won the game, but let one slip away at the Joe. Time after time, the Penguins were unable to squirt a puck past Osgood and other sprawling Wings in and around the crease. Sure, all Pittsburgh has done is lose two on the road, but Sunday’s game could have tipped things in their favor heading back east.
Osgood’s a Hall of Famer After All
Just ask him.
In an interview broadcast after the first period of Sunday’s game, Chris Osgood scoffed at the idea he had a poor regular season and, without regard for humility or objectivity, supported himself for election into the Hockey Hall of Fame.