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JOHN C. COTEY
Published May 26, 2004

So this is what a Stanley Cup broadcast looks like. Not bad.

Other thoughts and observations from ESPN's broadcast of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Tuesday night.

WE LOVE JAROME: ESPN announcers Gary Thorne, Bill Clement and John Davidson were smitten with Calgary's Jarome Iginla from the beginning. But guess what? He deserved it.

POWER OUTAGE: All three announcers were critical of the Lightning's power play. Thorne said they looked like they had never scored a power-play goal. After one ineffective effort, Clement said: "The Lightning had one shot; Jarome Iginla had two shots."

HEE HEE: Chris Berman still can be funny sometimes, ending the pregame show with, "This will be higher scoring than the Pistons-Pacers series."

MEANIE: Studio host John Saunders said when it came to sports, "Tampa Bay has always been known as a town of losers." Ouch.

CUTE LINE: Davidson was proud of saying Calgary played "hospital hockey: lots of patience." Get it?

OOPS: There's only one thing worse than announcing on the way to a commercial that the Flyers led by two: trying to correct yourself by saying the Flames but only getting out "Fla . . ." HOCKEY 101: Nice job by Clement in explaining that Martin Gelinas' goal would stand because he is allowed to redirect a puck with his skate, just as long as he doesn't kick it in.

LAST WORD: "Tampa Bay still has to show they can skate with Calgary . . . this Calgary team is much better than I thought they were." - Davidson.

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