John Giannone took a puck to the face and continued working.  This is one of the best tough-guy moments in broadcasting history.

Wow, you have to take your hat off to New York Rangers reporter John Giannone.  He took a puck directly to his face just before the 2nd Intermission on Thursday night.  The New York Rangers eventually beat the New York Islanders 4-1.  Giannone didn’t scamper off like a broadcasting pansy.  He stood there like a boxer in a prize fight as blood was dripping down his face.  This is awesome.

Giannone has officially been welcomed into the tough-guy broadcasting class.  Granted, it’s not the most impressive list in the world.  Who could forget about John Madden working through that game in 2002 with a paper cut?  How about Bob Costas reporting on the Olympics with a slight cough?

Although the list isn’t filled with a who’s who of tough-guy broadcasters, when you keep reporting while blood is dripping into your mouth after you were hit in the face with a puck, you belong on the list.  Very well done, Mr. Giannone.  I wonder if our own Joe Bianchino (co-host of “Cover 2” Sundays at 11am on 104.5 The Team) is going gaga for Giannone.  Joe B is an enormous Henrik Lundqvist fans as witnessed right here.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” weekdays from 1-3 pm ET on WTMM.