After the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, the only thing fans and non-fans wanted to see was the celebration.
Good job by the CBC cutting to the Bruins bench and watching them jump up and down like little kids.
Getting some audio during the handshakes was terrific as well.
Watching the players interact with their families is really a snapshot of what families and players hope for since they are kids.
On the downside, there is a limit to the effectiveness of interviews.
Also on the downside, there is a limit to how many interviews are effective.
No argument about where the last puck was this year. The camera was focused on Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas as he scooped the puck up as the buzzer went.
Good for Craig Simpson for calling out the referees for suddenly changing the way they called the game when the Bruins were up 3-0.
“Why is that suddenly a penalty? It hasn’t been called all game,” he retorted during the CBC broadcast.
During the penalties, the officials closed their eyes to at least three infractions on the Canucks and Simpson let everyone know about it.
By the way, anyone seen the Sedins?
'Keeping Smythe focus
Goaltenders have been front and centre in these playoffs, and pre-game analysts didn’t mince words leading up to the drop of the puck.
Sportsnet’s John Garrett didn’t think Tomas should be getting all the consideration for the Conn Smythe Trophy that he has been getting.
Garrett pointed out some of the weak goals Thomas surrendered, that he’d lost three games in this series and talked about the number of goals Thomas gave up against Tampa Bay.
“It’s should be on the body of work, not just the final,” he said.
He got some support from Don Cherry, who said you can’t give the playoff most valuable player award to a player from a losing team.
Doug MacLean, who was a coach, GM and executive of the Columbus Blue Jackets, said he could not remember any goaltender in the history of the NHL being under the kind of pressure Vancouver Canucks’ netminder Roberto Luongo has been facing.
“He has to win,” MacLean said. Point taken.
Another big game, another disappointing performance by Luongo.
Thanks, captain obvious
Don Taylor on Canucks Connected on Sportsnet captured the essence of Wednesday’s game.
“We are almost ready to start Game 7, which will be a defining moment of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.” Indeed.
Game 7 of a Stanley Cup final with a Canadian team involved is a guarantee everything from coverage to analysis to the search to find something different is way over the top.
It was nice of Bruins forward Shawn Thornton to put it in perspective when asked about Game 7 pressure.
“Pressure is five kids with no job,” he said.
Raymond takes his turn
The win one for the Gipper or the real quote — “Win just one for the Gipper” — is getting a real workout in this series. First, it was Manny Malhotra who returned from a horrible eye injury or the Canucks. Then it was Nathan Horton who was taken out with a big check, and everyone from the Bruins’ organization is using that as motivation to drive them forward. After Mason Raymond’s back injury in Game 6, he has become a motivational force, although Canucks GM Mike Gillis played it down.
Gillis told CBC’s Scott Oake before the game Raymond had caught a flight back to Vancouver and might be at the game if he felt OK.
Oake asked Gillis if the Canucks would use Raymond’s possible appearance as motivation as the Bruins used the appearance of Horton in Game 6 as motivation.
“That’s their organization,” Gillis said, almost dismissing the idea the Canucks would use Raymond that way ... if he even managed to make it to the rink.
Yet there was Raymond, midway through the first period, waving to the Canucks fans, big back brace and all, for all to see.
Horton thought he would bring a little more than motivation to Vancouver. He brought a bottle of water from Boston and poured the contents on the ice before the game began.
CBC delivered the goods
The difference between NBC’s and CBC’s coverage is significant. Besides being at least five seconds ahead of NBC in delivering the picture, the sounds and atmosphere simply don’t sound as good on NBC. But they do have Pierre McGuire in the penalty box, and he’s as good as they come ... We waited until midway through the second period before seeing Prime Minister Stephen Harper watching the game with his family. Question: Do these guys ever just kick back in a t-shirt and shorts? Wouldn’t that make you feel just a little better about your politicians?
“Think Don Cherry’s suit is funny? I’m old enough to have sat on that sofa.”
“Another night of hockey. How long will it be before Canuck fans are saying ‘well, there’s always Game 8.’ ”