If there's one thing I miss about ESPN covering hockey, it was the guys involved with calling the games. Thorne, Clement, Pang > anything NBCSN puts on television. It didn't make me want to switch channels during intermission.
I wish they'd just use Dave Strader for all their games. Not physically possible, but yeah.
NBCSN has a decent crew if Olczyk isn't there to drag them down. Not a huge fan of Jones and Milbury since they follow Edzo's lead at times, but they give decent studio analysis. I don't mind Doc, though I know he DRIIIVES some people crazy. Pierre is very knowledgeable but a bit creepy.
Jones has actually been very pro-Wing lately. I like it, since he's a former Avalanche.
Smith wasn't on the ice. If you are referring to Nyquist's penalty, Boston's goal was scored even strength. There's a difference between blaming someone for making a mistake and trying your hardest to pin the blame on someone that had nothing to do with the goal scored just because you have a personal grudge.
Smith had nothing to do with us being down 1-0.
Actually, Smith made an iffy call on a step-up at their blue line, which ultimately (though not necessarily directly) led to the Nyquist penalty. Smith made an aggressive play, probably should've put himself in a better position. Gotta make the smart, safe play 100% of the time against these guys.
The Bruins are arguably the best team in the league. They have no weaknesses.
We have no blue line, iffy goaltending, no Datsyuk, no Zetterberg, no Ericsson, no Alfredsson, and most importantly, no Samuelsson. It's cool to be confident after barely beating the Bolts, but Boston is in full-on Cup mode. Like I've said, this game is pretty much unwinnable - though there's always a chance.