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The Flying Goal

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

For those of us who remember when the NHL was a hard find on television, the coverage these days by NBC and NBC Sports Network in the United States of the Stanley Cup playoffs is an embarrassment of riches of rink-length proportions.

Here in the Hub of Hockey, fans of a certain age (hand up here!) remember the Bruins in their Ch. 9 WMUR days, weekend highlight packages of games earlier in the week, narrated in studio by Fred Cusick. The signal was scratchy and snowy in the Boston area, but it was the only visual connection to the Black and Gold. So what if it was tough on the eyes?

Then came the early years of WSBK TV-38, which required viewers to have a UHF antenna, or converter box, and ample amounts of tinfoil wrapped around the flimsy metal loop of an antenna to help pull in the signal. If the foil alone didn’t work, it helped to have someone hold it in place, or lift the entire converter box high above the TV. That’s good right there, don’t move!

Now, thanks to the NHL’s deal with NBC, we can watch every playoff game in high definition, all of it narrated by a knowledgeable and passionate crew, including Mike Emrick, Mike Milbury, Ed Olczyk, and Pierre McGuire.

Late this past week, those four commentators, along with executive producer Sam Flood, held a conference call ahead of the upcoming Bruins-Blues Cup Final. Other than Olczyk, age 3½ at the time of the last Bruins-Blues Final, all of them had vivid memories of watching the clinching game, May 10, 1970, when Bobby Orr potted the OT winner against St. Louis and went flying through the air, the image captured for eternity by photographer Ray Lussier.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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