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Tuesday February 12th, 2013

By Allan Muir

Joe Buck stopped by the FOX Sports Midwest broadcast booth during the second period of Monday night's Kings-Blues tilt to chat with John Kelly and Darren Pang. Not surprisingly, the veteran football and baseball announcer was drafted into action to call a few minutes of the second period.

No problem for a guy who has called the Super Bowl and the World Series, right?

The results strayed into Bob Cole territory at times ("I don't know the other guys!"), but you have to give a guy known for his exhaustive prep work full marks for stepping in cold with good humor.

It was hardly the train wreck it could have been, although it's a good bet his call of the Kings' third goal won't make his resume tape.

"All right, so, uh here's Carter bringing it out with Kopitar in the middle. Over to the left wing and...uh...here is a...GOAL scored by 44 (long pause) Drewiske." Buck may have struggled with the Kings, but he definitely knows his Blues. He's a season ticket holder who learned the game from his father, Jack Buck, the play-by-play man for the team during its first season.

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