Before we launch into the diary for tonight’s game, it should be pointed out that Pookie scored what Schnookie thinks was the best line of this series almost immediately after the end of Game 3. We flipped over to nhl.com, where we spotted the headline, “Pronger Has Forgettable Game” and Pookie snorted, “Forgettable for who? McAmmond?” It is an honor and a thrill to get to work with such a genius.
NBC leads into the broadcast with, not surprisingly, a discussion of the Pronger suspension. The film skips just as we see a slo-mo replay of McAmmond falling to the ice, and Bill Clement’s voice echoes frighteningly. We can only assume they’re trying to give us a sense of what McAmmond was hearing immediately after that hit. The conversation naturally turns towards Brian Burke’s justified complaint that Chris Neil should have been suspended as well for his flying elbow/crosscheck/charge on McDonald, and NBC gives Neil a chance to try to clear his, uh, “good name” in a little interview. Pierre Maguire asks Neil, that big bitch (TM Margee), why he called Pronger is “a backstabber” (among other things) and we chorus what should have been his answer: “Because I’m a fucktard.”
What is going on with Brett Hull? How can it be that he keeps making coherent points? His conclusion when asked whether Pronger and/or Neil should have been suspended is that he thought neither hit was that venal (we disagree), but that based on Pronger getting a game, Neil should have too. Color us shocked, but kudos to Hull.
Well, as if we didn’t hate them enough already, Doc further builds on our loathing of the Senators by saying Neil, that big bitch, is “the face of this franchise” after his performance in Game 3.