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ESPN addresses announcer Sean McDonough’s Stanley Cup Final effort

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ESPN has addressed top NHL play-by-play man Sean McDonough’s performance in the Stanley Cup Finals after widespread criticism from fans.

A number of social media users were critical of McDonough’s Stanley Cup Finals commentary, particularly in Thursday’s Game 3. To many, it sounded as if McDonough was lacking in energy and enthusiasm, with his very reserved goal calls drawing a lot of ire.

ESPN senior vice president Mark Gross confirmed in a statement to Awful Announcing that McDonough is dealing with an illness.

“Sean has been under the weather, and we’re grateful for him pushing through and giving it his all last night,” Gross said. “He’s a consummate pro, one of the best play-by-play commentators in the business, and we’re lucky to have him on our team.”

While McDonough may not be everyone’s cup of tea, his calls of big moments are usually much more energetic than what he displayed on Thursday. One could certainly argue that he should be replaced for Saturday’s Game 4 if he is still feeling under the weather, but it does not sound like ESPN has any plans to do so.

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