NBCU tried really hard to get behind the Winnipeg Whiteout. Jeremy Roenick was sent out to be among the fans on the street party, even going to him during the intermission of the Pittsburgh-Washington Game 6.
Roenick's getup completed the process. After all, in his regular appearance, he would stand out among the people dressed in white.
Roenick also interviewed Teemu Selanne, who was there to support the team where he made his NHL debut in 1996. Selanne emphasized that he thought the Winnipeg Jets had the talent to make it all the way.
Two days left here in the Peg as the film comes to a wrap. Can’t wait for you all to experience this beautiful true story. Also, friendly Manitoba is a real thing! Thank you for the love❤️#breakthroughmovie #winnipeg #GoJetsGo— Chrissy Metz (@ChrissyMetz) May 7, 2018
Chrissy Metz, who you might know from This Is Us on NBC, is filming a movie called Breakthrough in Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg in Manitoba. Clearly the Manitoba love has help turn the actress into a Winnipeg Jets fan.
We hope this is more substantial than Leslie Jones' love for Toronto FC that turned quickly into love for the Seattle Sounders. The NBCU cameras spotted the actress in a Jets sweater in the crowd in Game 6.
While the NBCU effort in Winnipeg is appreciated, when NBCU first offered streaming, viewers could watch the pomp and circumstance from the arena as if the telecast was going. This season, NBCU isn't streaming anything beyond the start of the game. Why is NBCU going backward?
American viewers without a CBC feed had no way to watch the anthems for Game 4 and Game 6 in Winnipeg. NBCU, also responsible for the last starts, was also the reason why there was only one channel available. The NHL Network, which picked up the beginning of Game 6, doesn't carry any pregame coverage.
The idea of the streams is that viewers who really want to watch that part can do so, but not with NBCU, exclusive owners of the content, won't stream the content.
Despite 3 solid power play chances in the first period in Game 6, The Jets never looked too ready to get off quality shots. Winnipeg looked so anemic in Game 6 that even Brian Boucher was offering advice. The shocking part was that the advice was pretty decent.
Kyle Connor finally got free and scored twice in Game 5. The Jets have been doing well even without getting a whole lot of offence from young goal scorers.
Nashville made the game a bit close at 4-2. Winnipeg came out early in the 3rd period to get that goal back. Connor moved the puck well and passed back to a waiting Mark Scheifele.
For all the talk about punishing violent acts, Mathieu Perreault, the body slam against him by Minnesota's Nick Seeler that took out Perreault for 8 games went unpunished. Perreault even got a goal in the return in Game 5.
Game 5 featured the first period in the playoffs (1st period) without a goal and the most goals in a period (2nd period).
Winnipeg home games Game 4 and Game 6 produce a lone late goal from Patrik Laine in Game 4.
Scott Oake also interviewed Teemu Selanne and brought up him being in the playoffs for Winnipeg and what that was like. These tidbits are what you miss from watching the U.S. coverage.
P.K. Subban resurrecting his Pittsburgh guarantee from the Stanley Cup Final: "We’re going to go (to Winnipeg), we’re going to win a game and come back here. It’s that simple.”— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) May 6, 2018
Give P.K. Subban credit. Subban predicted a win for Nashville in Game 6. "We’re going to go (to Winnipeg), we’re going to win a game and come back here. It’s that simple.” The pattern had been that the Predators had won the even games. So a Predators win was viable.
There are many reasons to wish Montréal had not traded Subban. Nashville isn't nearly as good without Subban and way better than without Shea Weber.
Proud to be working on Game 4 of the Preds Jets series tonight with my outstanding NBC colleagues. Our “odious” coverage will not include the words dipsy doodle or fantabulous. Viewer discretion is advised. #SenateReform— Chris Cuthbert (@CCtsn) May 3, 2018
Chris Cuthbert weighed in with word selection as a response to the commentary from Canadian Senator David Adams Richards. The senator had criticized American announcers for not using words such as "dipsy-doodling." Cuthbert had a huge responsibility since he was the lone Canadian announcer in the States in Round 2.
My critique of American announcers is that they know very little about and have little interest in Canadian teams. Cuthbert has come through multiple times in explaining Winnipeg and the Jets to the U.S. audience.
To that point, NBCU decided to bring in a new crew to call Game 7 of Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire, and Eddie Olczyk. Albert may have called 1 of 2 Winnipeg games on New York Rangers radio; McGuire hasn't done a Winnipeg Jets game since the Jets 2.0 return in the 2011-2012 NHL season; Ed Olczyk has a good excuse in not calling any Jets games this year and did play for the Winnipeg Jets 1.0.
Cuthbert, AJ Mleczko, and yes, sadly, Brian Boucher deserved to call Game 7. They know the players. The Game 7 announcers will be playing catch up not on Nashville, but Winnipeg.
Game 5 started on time because the other game was on NBC. NBCU's reluctance to put games on CNBC or the Golf Channel leads to these late starts. They specifically have had more of an impact in games in Winnipeg since Game 4 and Game 6 were on weeknights. A 8:45 pm start isn't fair to local fans.
With a scoreless 1st period, the NBCSN studio crew had little to talk about, but ignored the Winnipeg team.
The NHL finally stepped in with "concern" by putting Boston's Brad Marchand "on notice" but no actual punishment after Marchand has been licking his opponents for the last 2 rounds. Even The Daily Show with Trevor Noah took in what was happening. Noah got it wrong when he said Marchand got in trouble, but his DJ Khaled joke at the end was worth the mention.
The referees should have been concerned about this in the Toronto series. Even though Marchand is a habitual offender, wearing a Boston uniform gives you a get out of the penalty box pass. And now Marchand has all summer to lick people, consensual of course.
The NBCU announcers noted that Winnipeg was hottest place in Canada on the day of Game 6. That will dispel the perception that Winnipeg is always cold to the U.S. audience.
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