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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 Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis welcome Nick Gismondi into the fold before discussing Friday's win over Columbus. Robin Lehner played stellar and is forming quite a tandem in net with Corey Crawford (4:10), while the DeBrincat/Kane connection is alive and well (6:10), and the Blackhawks' struggles at even strength continued (12:10). Then, the guys react to the breaking news of Kirby Dach's recall from Rockford and discuss where he might fit into this lineup (15:10).

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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October 19, 2007: An important Blackhawks milestone

October 19, 2007: An important Blackhawks milestone

October 19, 2007 — The Blackhawks beat the Avalanche 5-3 at the United Center. Pulling up the webpage shows an ordinary early-season NHL game, but it’s quite significant for a few reasons — and not only because of Jonathan Toews’ incredible highlight-reel goal at 06:59 of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead (please take a minute to find that highlight if you can. It’s a great goal).

Patrick Sharp added a goal at 08:29, and at 14:36, Patrick Kane scored a goal of his own. It was the first goal of Kane’s NHL career.

AND the first time that both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored a goal in the same game.

About five years ago, I started keeping track of when they both scored a goal in the same game. It became a thing. I’d post it on Twitter whenever it happened. And people started asking what their record was when it happened, so I’d have that too. It was, and still is, one of my favorite things to follow when the Blackhawks take the ice.

As of this writing, Toews and Kane have scored a goal in the same game 96 times (102 including postseason). And the Blackhawks are 84-7-5 when they do so (with an additional 6-0 in playoffs), which is to be expected when your best players combine to do good things.

I was curious, so I enlisted the help of the Elias Sports Bureau to take things a bit further.

Believe it or not, Toews & Kane do NOT have the lead among current teammates in instances with a goal in the same game. Here’s that list (regular season only):

101 — Nicklas Backstrom & Alex Ovechkin (Capitals)

96  Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)

94 — Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)

64 — Patrick Marleau & Joe Thornton (Sharks)

63 — Dustin Brown & Anze Kopitar (Kings)

What is probably NOT as surprising is that they don’t have the Blackhawks record in instances with a goal in the same game. Because the Blackhawks have two all-time greats who played a long time together. Here’s that list (regular season only):

139 — Bobby Hull & Stan Mikita

96 — Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane

88 — Steve Larmer & Denis Savard

77 — Bobby Hull & Kenny Wharram

75 — Dennis Hull & Stan Mikita

Toews & Kane may not top the list of current teammates, but the duo from the Nation’s Capitol have but one Stanley Cup together whereas the Chicago tandem has three (though Crosby & Malkin are right there with them). As for trailing Hull & Mikita… well, there’s no shame in that. Plus there’s time to add to that total. There’s a good chance they break triple digits this season, and that will be fun to track. Where will they end up when they hang up the skates? That remains to be seen, as they both seemingly have plenty of good hockey left to be played.

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