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Islanders vs Lightning Brutal Radio Call To End Game 4

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 19: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders blocks a shot by Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Coliseum on June 19, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 19: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders blocks a shot by Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Coliseum on June 19, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Getty Images)
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At the end of the Lightning and Islanders Game 4, we were gifted with one of the more wild finishes you’ll ever see in the sport. Ryan Pulock made a game-saving play to keep the puck out of the net to seal the win for New York.

At home, I know I was yelling and screaming on the play as my emotions ran from heart-stopping fear to shock and relief when we saw the play of the playoffs from Ryan Pulock.

With a big moment like this, I like to go back and listen to the TV and radio calls and we got a pretty rough radio call from Dave Mishkin and Phil Esposito at the end of this game.

Before I play the clip, just know there’s an industry term called “stepping on the call”. Essentially this is when a color commentator talks over the play-by-play commentator trying to describe the play. Please enjoy Phil Esposito stepping all over this call from Mishkin.

If you’re a young broadcaster, please never do this. Obviously, he was just reacting to the moment, but that’s not what Esposito is supposed to do. His job is to provide analysis, screaming “OHHHH” at the top of his lungs over Dave Mishkin does nothing for the broadcast.

Mishkin was pretty obviously bothered by this as they snipped back and forth with whether or not it was a shot or not and who came up with the save.

On WFAN’s morning show, Boomer and Gio they poked some fun at the call as well pointing out the friction between the two broadcasters. Here’s Chris King’s call of the final play, and tell me the difference

This is how it’s supposed to sound. Greg Picker, the color commentator, lets Chris King finish his call. He has the reaction (he throws his hands in the air in the video) but he had his reaction without stepping all over his partner.

Anyway, hope you got as much of a kick out of the Mishkin and Esposito call as I did. They sounded like an old married couple bickering by the end of it.

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