“Radiohead was in the building last night, that’s why these guys look so tired.”
-Liam McHugh lovingly making a joke at the expense of Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. Radiohead played a concert at the Prudential Center on Friday night.
“They are good on the road, but they’re not bad at home either”
-Mike Milbury on the New Jersey Devils
“Once this game gets started, the home influence is not all that important.”
-Keith Jones on the limited influence the crowd will have on the New Jersey Devils play during the series.
“I don’t think there is any doubt about it. He’s doing it all for the Los Angeles Kings and he’s doing it perfectly.”
– Mike Milbury on Drew Doughty and the LA Kings.
“I don’t think anyone on the Los Angeles Kings wants him handling the puck.”
-Mike Milbury on Jonathan Quick and his puck handling skils during Game 1.
“He’s certainly in the conversation for the Conn Smythe Award. None of his goals look exactly the same and that’s a tribute to his skill set.”
-Keith Jones on Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings and his play during Game 1.
“Justin Williams does everything right and very rarely does he do something wrong.”
-Keith Jones on LA King Justin Williams and his play this season.
“In a town that’s obsessed with ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, true talent often goes unrecognized. But those days could be over.”
–Liam McHugh on the play of Anza Kopitar and the attention he’s gaining during the postseason.
“Before the game I spoke with Dan Craig the ice guru in Newark. The humidity is 15% less, the temperature is inside the arena is less, the temperature outside is less, the ice temperature is less, that translates as wonderful ice.”
-Mike Emrick sharing a conversation he had with Dan Craig “the ice guru at the Prudential Center”.
“One guy without a stick. One guy without a helmet. What wonderful chaos.”
“Has to be discouraging if you’re a Devils player. They have to find a way to beat Jonathan Quick.”
-Keith Jones on Devils continued inability to score on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
“Forget about Kobe Bryant and Kyra Sedgwick, Jonathan Quick is the best closer in Los Angeles right now.”
“A wonderful person. A great athlete. The Red Wings alumni team just got better.”
– Mike Emrick on a tribute to recently-retired Red Wings defenseman Niklas Lidstrom
“Not a lot of room for error for New Jersey with the way Los Angeles is playing right
-Pierre McGuire with roughly 17 minutes left in second period.
“They have got to score the next goal.”
-Eddie Olczyk immediately after Pierre’s comment on the need for the Devils to score.
Production showed still photos of fans watching the game outdoors in Hrusica, Slovenia, the hometown of Kings C Anze Kopitar, who scored the Game 1 game winner. The final photo showed them celebrating after the goal.
“Do you think Jonathan Quick is starting to get into the shooters heads?”
-Pierre McGuire to Eddie Olczyk
“I don’t think there’s any doubt.”
– Eddie Olczyk in response to Pierre’s question
“Trying to tip pucks past a goaltender that is playing out of his mind.”
– Keith Jones on what is going wrong for the Devils
“Tremendous individual performance by Quick but also by Drew Doughty.”
-Mike Milbury on Drew Doughty’s game so far standing up on the blue line, gap control and unbelievable passing in the first and second period.
“If you wanted to tick me off, guys, you’ve done it.”
-Mike Milbury on what he would say to the Devils if he were the coach.
“It’s Carter and it’s tied!”
-Mike Emrick on the tied goal by the Devils by Ryan Carter
“Beautiful execution all the way around by the New Jersey Devils.”
-Eddie Olczyk on the passing and goal by the Devils
“We’ve only had 40 shots on goal and we’ve only had a goal apiece. These guys are terrific here in the third.”
-Mike Emrick on the goaltending
“It’s amazing what a goal can do. These guys look totally different right now.”
-Pierre McGuire on the Devils elevated play after their tying goal
“Undiluted disdain is starting to arrive here.”
-Mike Emrick on the apparent increase in intensity
“Play is halted. It is first-and-10 when we come back.”
“I’m surprised they made that call this late in the game.”
-Eddie Olczyk on Penalty on Devil’s Dainius Zubrus late in the 3rd period.
OT Intermission Report
“They continued to try to find ways to get pucks past a goaltender who has been superior in this game.”
-Keith Jones on the Devils turnaround
“He’s making the saves and you have to feel confident if you are a Devil’s fan.”
-Keith Jones on Martin Brodeur
“Somebody’s going to be a hero tonight.”
-Eddie Olczyk at the beginning of OT
“Somebody check, is there a full moon?”
-Mike Emrick on the frenetic pace of play and numerous scoring chances by both teams
“Meteorologists report a 90% full moon. I buy it.”
“This is just sensational. These two guys have been stupendous.”
-Mike Emrick on the play of the goalies.