Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/21/10 at 02:07 PM ET
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Okay, having cleared our throat… here’s how we’ve rated the Canadian network TV raters
After 40 Minutes (Hockey Night In Canada): They used to say Fred Astaire gave Ginger Rogers class and she gave him sex appeal. Well, Kelly Hrudey has given the frothing Mike Milbury a little class and Milbury has given Hrudey a dash of passion. The combination has spawned the go-to 2010 playoff panel.
Typically, Milbury rants about the enervation of the sport (in one fit of pique, he walked off the set, half in jest, half in earnest). Meanwhile, Hrudey has become the Jackson Pollock of the telestrator, putting computerized squiggles on the strategic bones of the game. It works because Milbury’s unpredictability and Hrudey’s pointed barbs about the San Jose Sharks or Roberto Luongo carry bite. It also seems to focus host Ron MacLean into his best work. Now if they would stop sapping the energy by going to P.J. Stock in his video prison set. Rating: B+
TSN: Their panels change so rapidly during the playoffs, it’s a wonder they don’t get a too-many-men-on-the-set penalty….
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