Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was absolutely thrilling.  The Canucks and Bruins battled for over 59 minutes deadlocked at 0-0 until a great passing move started by Ryan Kesler ended in a Raffi Torres goal to win the game for Vancouver.  We had it all in this game – amazing goaltending by both sides, great scoring chances, solid hits, a few fracases, and even a biting incident.  Judging by the Twitter reaction, the game and the series has fans hooked for what looks to be a fantastic Stanley Cup Finals.  Here’s the video of the game winning goal in Game 1 and Mike Emrick on the call…

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Another aspect that made the game very enjoyable to watch was indeed NBC play by play man Mike Emrick.  Doc doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves as one of the great announcers in sports.  Our pal Richard Deitsch of SI wrote this profile on Emrick before Game 1.  He fits playoff hockey perfectly like Gus Johnson fits the NCAA Tournament.  He also has a pretty good sense of humor.  Observe as he slides the Geico gecko into the postgame acknowledgments for some reason.  That gecko, he can be trusted

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A huge tip of the hat to bubbaprog for both videos!  Check out all of his outstanding work at Mocksession.

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