Doc Emrick on D&C: ‘I think [Bruins] will win this one tonight’
|06.13.11 at 10:57 am ET|
Stanley Cup finals play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to offer his thoughts on Game 6. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Emrick picked the Bruins to win Monday night.
“I think the more desperate team stands to win,” Emrick said, adding: “The memory of Boston games here against Vancouver is a pretty strong and emphatic one. These were not close games. All three of the ones in Vancouver were one-goal games. So, I fully expect, I would not be shocked to look back at Vancouver for a Game 7.”
Emrick added that Game 7s are a “dice roll.”
“Pawtucket could beat the BoSox in a Game 7,” he said. “You get a couple of breaks, and all of a sudden you’re in there and you’re winning a game. The Bruins have been the underdogs the whole series, and there’s nothing says they can’t win a Game 7. I think they will win this one tonight, but there’s nothing that says they can’t take a seventh.”
Emrick said that plays like Alex Burrows‘ bite and Aaron Rome’s illegal hit, regardless of how dirty they might have really been, have been useful in generating fan support for the Bruins.
“You don’t have to stretch too far to find villains in this one compared to others,” Emrick said. “I think the nature of the fouls and the grievances are the thing that make it unique compared to others. We haven’t had this many penalty minutes in a finals series in over 20 years.”
Emrick called diving “one of those embarrassing penalties,” but added that of the 801 penalties called this year, only eight have been for diving.
Of Roberto Luongo’s comments on Tim Thomas, Emrick said he wondered why Luongo “would even mention the other goaltender, or why he wouldn’t say something like, ‘You know, those boards are lively, a guy can get caught like that.’ ”
“I think it was probably blown out of great proportion, but players have to be so careful about giving bulletin board material to anyone else,” Emrick said. He also said he didn’t think Vancouver fans know what to expect from Luongo.
Emrick credited the Bruins shutting down Vancouver’s Henrik and Daniel Sedin to looking at film from the Canucks-Predators series.
“The difference is that Nashville did not have the offense like the Bruins have potentially,” Emrick said.
Emrick said he had expected home-ice advantage to give way to carryover momentum between individual games, but the players may not be thinking that way.
“I remember Andrew Ference saying earlier in the series that the task for us is just being able to eliminate carryover,” Emrick said. “So if they’re consciously trying to block it out, they’re doing a great job.”