Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/01/12 at 11:25 PM ET
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,
NBC almost did a great job covering the nasty final few minutes of Sunday’s Flyers-Penguins game. The direction and camera work were first-rate. Viewers didn’t miss a second of the fights on the ice and war of words between the benches.
What was missing was stronger analysis from Pierre McGuire and Ed Olczyk. While both teams seemed to have a reason to be irritated with the other, neither analyst was strong enough in his opinion as to who was to blame. It was obvious Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was upset with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. But it would have been nice if McGuire and Olczyk — both former coaches who, you would think, know the protocol — gave their takes on who was in the right.
Viewers also could have expected more from McGuire, who was stationed between the benches, smack dab in the middle of the yelling and trash talking. One could only guess there was plenty of cursing and threats, but McGuire at least could have given us more of a clue to the gist of the argument. One of the advantages of being between the benches is hearing what is being said. So take advantage of it.
In the end, McGuire and Olczyk are outstanding. They provided excellent commentary for most of Sunday’s game as they do for every game. I’d rather listen to those two than anyone else when it comes to hockey. But the viewers needed just a little more on Sunday.
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