The Rangers were bringing it.

The Kings were bringing it.

But most importantly, Pierre McGuire was bringing it.

And while Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final went to overtime, the truly exciting, hold-your-breath, the-anticipation-is-killing-me aspect of NBC’s broadcast was what was emanating from between the benches.

What did Pierre just say?

What will Pierre say next?

You can have Kopitar, Doughty, McDonagh and Lundqvist; give me Regis.

If you were paying close attention, here’s a sampling of what you might have picked up based on the hockey knowledge Pierre McGuire was droppin’ as seemingly only Pierre McGuire can:

“The Kings have 10 players on their roster from the OHL.”

I wonder, did the other NHL general managers know that?

I wonder, should the Penguins should get some of those Ontario Hockey League guys?

And, “(Rangers defenseman) Ryan McDonagh went in the first round in 2007 along with (Senators center) Kyle Turris and (Red Wings defenseman) Brendan Smith and all three were freshmen (to be) at the University of Wisconsin.”

I wonder, did the other NHL general managers know that?

I wonder, should the Penguins should get some of those incoming freshmen at Wisconsin?

And, “(Rangers defenseman) Anton Stralman and (Red Wings center) Henrik Zetterberg once played for the same club team in Sweden.”

I wonder, did the other NHL general managers know that?

I wonder, should the Penguins should get some of those club team guys in Sweden?

And, “Kings defenseman Drew Doughty went second overall (in the NHL Entry Draft) the same year (Lightning winger) Steven Stamkos went first overall (in 2008).”

I wonder, did the other NHL general managers know that?

I wonder, should the Penguins should get some of those second-overall-in-the-draft guys?

Those quotes aren’t quite exact, but the sentiment and the minutia are Pure Pierre.

As a public service the Penguins should insist McGuire, upon getting the job, continue working games between the benches for Root Sports.

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for Game 2.