Here we go, Gentle Reader – it’s Game 2. We turn on the TV in time for the tail end of the Devils pregame show… with highlights from Game 1 as called by the Rangers broadcast. Thanks, MSG. We mute the rest of the show.
And we’re sad to report that the inevitable loss of Doc to the national broadcasts of the other series has finally happened. Steve’s attempt at a dramatic intro lacks Doc’s punch. We know. It’s surprising to hear. When we cut to Steve and Chico for their pregame banter, Chico is rocking at least a red tie, but Steve is following our lead and rocking no red. Yeah, Devils marketing sloganeers – it’s not working.
Chico gives us highlights of Gomez from Game 1, leading in with, “The guys in the truck have done a great job so we can show you what Scott Gomez does.” Schnookie: “I know what Scott Gomez does because he was a Devil for seven years.” When Chico calls him “The Galloping Ghost from the Alaskan Coast,” Pookie snorts, “That’s not what he is. He’s ‘The Slag-Faced Whore From Way Up Norrrrrrrth.’”
18:59 In Steve’s first play-by-play mention of Jagr, he makes it sound like he’s surprised that he’s in the lineup. We don’t think that’s what he meant by that intonation.