The Bruins and Blues continue to battle in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, and so goes the rivalry between Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, aka Pam and Jim from “The Office.”
Fischer stopped by for a chat with the NBCSN crew, which opened up an opportunity for Mike Milbury to ask Fischer about her favorite Dwight moments. Fischer made a great call in reminding us of the time Pam briefly befriended a seemingly concussed Dwight. (If that storyline happened today, Dwight would have to enter Dunder Mifflin’s concussion protocol. It might involve Steve Carell and a Foreman Grill.)
Fischer also discussed how much the Blues’ run has meant to fans in St. Louis, and her family’s love of hockey. Oh, and note that she’s not just wearing a Blues shirt, but also painting her nails specifically for the occasion. Good times.
This exciting playoff run has really brought out some celebrities, as Fischer joins Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and plenty of others:
Game 6 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final is currently airing on NBC (stream here).
Breaking: Boston sports teams have won a lot of sports championships lately.
It’s actually been a trend for a while, stretching back to the early New England Patriots Super Bowl wins, the Boston Red Sox breaking “The Curse of the Bambino,” Kevin Garnett adding to the Celtics’ trove, and the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup win.
Boston fans don’t have to reach back that far for their latest memories, as the video above reminds anyone who somehow failed to forget.
In October 2018, the Red Sox won the World Series; the Patriots followed that up by winning approximately their bajillionth Belichick – Brady Super Bowl in February. It’s been about 113 days since that Super Bowl, so Boston fans are leaning into that joke, complete with a comment about the Celtics’ letdown during their playoff run.
If you’re already bothered by Boston’s remarkable run of success in multiple sports, this won’t help. Comedian Dennis Leary also gets in on the fun:
Speaking of Leary, this is a great excuse to share this strange Getty Images shot of Leary and Brad Marchand, possibly comparing leather jackets:
When you think of Matt Damon’s connection to Boston, you’re most likely going to recall “Good Will Hunting,” and maybe make some bad jokes about apples and/or Ben Affleck. If forced to make a Boston sports connection, there’s likely the urge to compare him to Tom Brady, his occasional lookalike.*
Apparently Damon is also a Boston Bruins fan, or at least he came off as a one in the video above. If nothing else, he’s impressed by the sight of the Stanley Cup, which qualifies him as “human.” Damon was presented with the Stanley Cup while he was on hand for the Indy 500, which is airing on NBC (stream here).
There’s some good stuff as Damon explains that he was in Vancouver right after the town, um, handled the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup win poorly; Damon said he was going to work, which is hilarious and adorable. There’s also some old-school Stanley Cup trivia in the video, so that should be fun to watch even if you’re not a Damon fan.
As fun as it can be when a celebrity appears on a hockey broadcast, things can often get awkward, at least when said celebrity just isn’t that into the sport. That clearly wasn’t the case with “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” star Jon Hamm, who knows his stuff when it comes to the St. Louis Blues, and revealed as much on Thursday.
The dapper depictor of Don Draper was clad in a Blues hat and Blues scarf during his appearance on Fox Sports Midwest’s telecast of the Blues eventual 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. As you can see from the video above this post’s headline, Hamm happened to be on hand for a very nice Ivan Barbashev goal, and smoothly transitioned to calling the play alongside Darren Pang and John Kelly.
(Bless Pang, by the way, for working in his “Holy jumpin’.” Panger had to have trademarked that by now, right?)
Hamm also discussed growing up as a Blues fan with his father, as you can hear in this clip.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Plenty of bits in Elliotte Friedman’s latest “30 Thoughts” column, with one of the more intriguing bits being the Los Angeles Kings’ easier said than done goal of knocking Drew Doughty‘s ice time down from 29 to 25 minutes per game. Bold prediction: split the difference and expect 27. (Sportsnet)
As far as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty is concerned, many (now-former) Boston Bruins were simply “too soft” in 2014-15. (CSNNE.com)