Originally written February 29, 2012 on Tonight's Healthy Scratches:
If you thought the hit Eric Nystrom planted on the Penguins' Kris Letang midway through the first period earlier tonight was explosive, man, you should've caught the analysis following the game. At one point during their discussion heated exchange, analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick appeared as if they were about to come to blows. Milbury, who was adamant that Nystrom's hit was dirty, uncalled for and "showed no courage," was in complete contrast to Roenick. Luckily for us viewers, neither is ever shy about voicing their opinions. At one point, Milbury placed his hand on JR's cheek, playfully showing how Letang's head snapped back following the hit, prompting a scowl from Roenick which looked like he was ready to beat Milbury with his own shoe. The war of words, which lasted several minutes, culminated with subtle personal attacks being thrown at one another. "You're getting soft," Roenick repeatedly told Iron Mike as he was leaving the segment. "I'm gunna go get him a Shirley Temple!" "Good thing he's gone; What a relief that is!" Milbury said as Roenick made his way off the set. "Don't let the door hit you on the way out!" For as much as it's easy to despise NBC for constantly putting our ears in harm's way whenever Pierre McGuire's constantly-moving mouth has a microphone in front of it, they deserve some giddy schoolgirl-like praise, for affording us the opportunity of enjoying Milbury and Roenick going at it on live television. This was just one of the many stops on the long road of altercations for the volatile duo. Who could forget during 2010's Olympic coverage, when the two had that heated debate over Ovechkin and Crosby? Here's to more segments like this, and less of Pierre telling us what type of breakfast Jamie Benn ate while playing hockey in junior high school.
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