Chances are you took in last night’s huge win for the Toronto Maple Leafs in game 6 of their opening round series against the Boston Bruins on television. While there’s nothing like seeing the game for yourself, either in person or on television, it also means that you rob yourself of hearing legendary Leafs broadcaster Joe Bowen call the game on radio for Sportsnet 590.
The usual Leafs TV and Sportsnet Ontario play by play man has inexplicably been replaced by national broadcasters like Jim Hughson and Paul Romanuk for the duration of the playoffs, leaving Bowen die hard fans with the radio as the only option to hear his iconic, “HOLY MACKINAW!”
In any event, Bowen was in fine form last night as he called the game from high above the Air Canada Centre for Sportsnet 590. His booming voice no doubt blasting in car stereos and earbuds across the city of Toronto. His best moment of the night may have been Tomas Plekanec’s game sealing empty net goal, though. With just seconds left in the 2-1 game and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask out for an extra attacker, Plekanec picked up the puck at centre ice and managed to slip it through the legs of defender Torey Krug and into the empty net, sealing a 3-1 victory.
Bowen’s reaction? “WE’RE GOING TO BOSTON, BABY!”
Check out the full clip of Bowen’s call, complete with high five and first pump:
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Don’t you DARE tell me that there’s a better, more passionate Leafs broadcaster out there than Joe Bowen. While I’m a big fan of Hughson’s work on the big stage and legends like Bob Cole will always hold a place in my heart, Bowen’s cadence, delivery and sheer enthusiasm just CANNOT be beat. As for Paul Romanuk… well maybe the less said about him the better.
Personal biases aside, the Leafs are shipping up (or rather, down) to Boston, as they say, for Game 7 of Wednesday night. Chances are I’ll be watching the game on Sportsnet, but maybe, just maybe I’ll see if I can synch up the television with Sportsnet’s 590 broadcast just so I can hear me some Joe Bowen at least one more time.