It was both harrowing and hilarious, a tense intersection between live television and a delirious mob of fans who had just witnessed their team accomplish the extraordinary.
In the immediate aftermath of the Bruins’ did-that-just-happen overtime victory over the Maple Leafs in Game 7 Monday night, a mass of jubilant fans congregated outside the Comcast SportsNet New England studio on Causeway Street.
Inside, host Michael Felger and analyst Tony Amonte were attempting to make sense of how the Bruins had pulled off the improbable comeback.
Soon, they realized they weren’t alone. A crowd often gathers outside the studio when CSNNE broadcasts from the location but this time was different. It was relentless and rowdy. It was live.
Fans started pounding on the glass, louder and harder, giving off the ominous vibe of hockey-mad zombies amped up on Red Bull. Then Amonte said what many viewers were thinking: “They’re going to break the [expletive] glass.’’
So . . . nervous, Felger? Scared?
“Ahhhh, moderate. A tiny bit,’’ he said. “On a scale of 1 to 10, like a 2 or a 3.
“I don’t think the windows were in danger of breaking, but I sort of envisioned the whole pane of glass coming down, like David Krejci getting bopped on the head by a pane of Plexiglass last year.”
The chaos outside caused chaos inside. Felger couldn’t hear the producer in his earpiece, let alone Amonte sitting next to him, and thus was uncertain when they were live or in a commercial break. He tried to tell the crowd to settle down, which did not have the desired effect.
“I was more agitated with what it looked like and sounded like going out over the air,’’ Felger said. “It felt like, ‘This doesn’t look good, this doesn’t sound good.’ I couldn’t hear the booth. I didn’t know if I should be talking or not.
“When I offered the apology for [Amonte’s] profanity, there was someone screaming in my ear, ‘A profanity went out, a profanity went out, apologize,’ ” Felger said. “I had no idea if it was Tony, if it was me, what was said.”
Usually, there is some police presence on the sidewalk outside the studio. For some reason, there was not Monday. So a CSNNE staffer called 911. Shortly, police arrived and sent the crowd on its way.
“When all was said and done, it was a pretty neat moment,’’ Felger said. “It captured what was going on in the street. That was part of the moment, part of the night.’’
In terms of the way they called the final moments of the Bruins’ Game 7 victory, both 98.5 the Sports Hub voice Dave Goucher and NESN’s Jack Edwards pulled off the equivalent of a winning goal in overtime. Goucher’s call — “Bergeron! Bergeron!” — is instantly timeless; you’ll be hearing it on Bruins broadcasts 25 years from now. And Edwards and analyst Andy Brickley were superb every step of the way, speaking frankly of the big picture while leaving room for hope as the comeback slowly mounted. “We tried to keep the door open for the possibility of a Bruins comeback, but at the same time, you’ve got to call a spade a spade,’’ said Edwards. “That was going to be the end of this group. We were about three minutes away from really getting into that — who is part of the core, who can you trade, who would bring back the best value — and peeling back the onion when [Nathan] Horton scored.”
According to industry sources, Mike Narracci, the respected senior coordinating director for NESN’s remote productions, including Red Sox and Bruins games, has informed the network he will leave at the end of baseball season . . . Entercom Communications conducted a company-wide employee-satisfaction survey Thursday. Such tactics aren’t unusual, but the timing is certainly curious given the current conditions at WEEI. Ratings for the first month of the spring Arbitron period were dismal across the board. Further, multiple sources have said that there is internal frustration with the ESPNization of the station, particularly Mike Salk’s nonconfront-ational approach in afternoon drive. Salk is a favorite of Jeff Brown, Entercom Boston’s vice president and market manager. Those surveys should make for some interesting reading.