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Hockey at Home: Gretzky, Ovechkin talk goals record and more

Whenever you can get Alex Ovechkin and Wayne Gretzky chatting about the all-time goals record in the same place, you go for it. Well … as long as it’s safe.

With social distancing of the utmost importance, we’ll have to settle for a lengthy digital conversation between Gretzky, Ovechkin, and NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen.

The three engaged in a lengthy discussion, covering topics such as:

  • Ovechkin chasing Gretzky’s 894 goals record, and reaching 700+ (now 706) so far. Gretzky said he’s rooting for Ovechkin to break the goals record “as hard as anybody.” Gretzky hopes that he’ll embrace Ovechkin’s chase with the same dignity that Gordie Howe shared for Gretzky’s pursuits.
  • They had some fun talking about trading sticks for their collections. Ovechkin apparently has about 100.
  • Gretzky discusses how hungry Ovechkin was for tips on leadership when the two first got their real chance to chat. “The Great One” could tell that Ovechkin would win a Stanley Cup after that conversation — which, of course, Ovechkin did.

Enjoy some #HockeyatHome thanks to the video above this post’s headline.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Our Line Starts podcast: Handicapping Metro; Avs doomed without MacKinnon?

Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter debate if the Flyers will win the Metro and discuss if Nathan MacKinnon‘s injury is going to be too much for the Avs to battle through. Anson explains why the Rangers have hope for the playoffs as long as they have Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin. Sharpy and Ace detail how playing in empty buildings due to the coronavirus would impact players. Plus, Pierre McGuire sits down with Victor Hedman.

0:00-5:04 Intros, reactions to all-female broadcast

5:04-11:04 Who will win the Metro Division?

11:04-14:27 Can Avalanche overcome MacKinnon’s injury?

14:27-17:57 Zibanejad, Panarin give Rangers hope for playoffs

17:57-23:40 How coronavirus is affecting the NHL

23:40-43:45 Pierre interviews Lightning’s Victor Hedman

43:45-End Playoff race in Atlantic heating up

Our Line Starts is part of NBC Sports’ growing roster of podcasts spanning the NFL, Premier League, NASCAR, and much more. The new weekly podcast, which will publish Wednesdays, will highlight the top stories of the league, including behind-the-scenes content and interviews conducted by NBC Sports’ NHL commentators.

Where else you can listen:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1482681517

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/nbc-sports/our-line-starts

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7cDMHBg6NJkQDGe4KHu4iO?si=9BmcLtutTFmhRrNNcMqfgQ

NBC Sports on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nbcsports

This video has: JR in green suit, NHL 94 references, Tappen gaming

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Jeremy Roenick has gone all-out for NBC Sports videos, but he was truly in elite form for All-Star weekend.

While certain moments of Roenick in a green suit might be filed under “Things You Can’t Un-See,” this video is a true gem for a few reasons.

  • Kathryn Tappen is the person gaming as Roenick goes Into the EA Hockeyverse, as a PS4 controller is used to play both “NHL 94” and “NHL 19.”
  • JR is definitely Dad Spider-Man, right?
  • Again, there were references to Roenick being really good in those 16-bit EA hockey games, by way of Vince Vaughn in “Swingers.” This is virtually always a good thing.
  • Roenick provides some goal celebrations and slapstick comedy.
  • Green. Suit.

Overall, it’s a lot to absorb, so enjoy.

Also, you will likely quite enjoy the 2019 All-Star Skills event tonight, and probably not come across as much nightmare fuel. Enjoy that on NBCSN on Friday.

[WATCH LIVE – NHL ALL-STAR SKILLS 8 P.M. ET – NBCSN]

Here’s the “Silicon Valley” riff that was referenced. Very cool:

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.