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HBO to air extensive profile on NBC's Mike 'Doc' Emrick

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HBO to air extensive profile on NBC's Mike 'Doc' Emrick

Ever wonder what it'd be like to watch the great Mike "Doc" Emrick call a hockey game?

Now you can.

NBC's lead NHL play-by-play announcer will be featured on HBO in an extensive TV profile Tuesday between 9 and 10 p.m. CT, talking about his legendary broadcasting career and offering a behind-the-scenes look during a live broadcast, which was filmed during the Blackhawks-Rangers contest at the United Center on Opening Night.

"It's a love affair that I have with the sport that I just like going to games and it's a fun way to make a living," Emrick said. "And you get a good seat for the game? And you get in free? What can be better than that?"

[NBC SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Correspondent Andrea Kremer also asks Emrick about his "Doc-isms," referring to the different verbs he uses to describe an action during play.

Even Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Michaels, who called the 'Miracle on Ice' game in the 1980 Winter Olympics, weighed in on his admiration of listening to Emrick call a hockey game.

"When I signed on to do the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver it was the 30th anniversary of the 'Miracle on Ice' and some said to me, including a few writers, 'Well, you know, you should really be doing the hockey in Vancouver,'" Michaels recalled. "And I said, 'Are you crazy? I can't do the game a tenth as well as Doc Emrick. I want to listen to Doc.'"

But nothing described the excitement of listening to Emrick better than this: "If you had a cockroach race in your basement, he'd bring it to life for you," Michaels said, via Rich Chere of NJ.com.

 

Check out a trailer of the documentary below.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident:

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

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Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.