Hockey analyst for NBC, Pierre McGuire, joined Boomer and Craig via the hotline to break down all the particulars of this Rangers-Devils Eastern Conference finals.
The conversation begins with some stuff on Rangers’ coach John Tortorella. Pierre thinks Torts coached his best game of the season in Game 3. He also gives his thoughts on Torts’ claim that the Devils have been setting illegal picks on their power play.
Boomer asks Pierre if he thinks NBC’s coverage of potentially suspendable hits has any impact on Brendan Shanahan’s ultimate decision on those plays. Pierre does not think it plays a role, citing the example of how many replays NBC ran of Alex Ovechkin’s hit on Dan Girardi, a play that did not result in any suspension for Ovi.
Pierre agrees with Boomer’s assertion that the Devils have been the better team for 6 out of the 9 periods played so far, and loves the way the Devs force opposing teams to defend in their own zone. They certainly aren’t the neutral zone trapping team that we had come to know them to be.
Pierre also gives his thoughts on the notion that the Rangers are a tired team. He doesn’t think it’s fatigue so much as it may be injuries that no one is talking about publicly.
Finally, Craig tries to convince Pierre that Martin Brodeur’s “scorpion save” is the best in NHL history. Pierre doesn’t bite. But he does marvel at Brodeur’s longevity.