Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup Final Begins Tomorrow Night – Game 1 At 8 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_22014 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Day 49

Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Pierre McGuire, Sam Flood Preview Stanley Cup Final on Media Conference Call Today at 3:30 p.m. ET

Game 1 Coverage Starts Tomorrow with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 Is Most-Watched Non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff Game On Record

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2014 – The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, in the first major professional sports league final between New York and Los Angeles franchises in 33 years.

Coverage of Game 1 begins tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live on-site at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick and Jones will anchor NHL Live from inside the arena, while Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will provide commentary from a set outside of STAPLES Center.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Olczyk and McGuire will have the Game 1 call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick, who will miss Game 1 due to a death in his family, will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

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NBC Sports Group NHL analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, as well as executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings on a media conference call today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should dial 719-457-2661; passcode 6129259.

  • WHAT: 2014 Stanley Cup Final Conference Call
  • WHO: Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Keith Jones, executive producer Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Today, June 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET
  • NUMBER: 719-457-2661
  • PASSCODE: 6129259

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The Rangers advanced to the Final with a Game 6 victory on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced, and Dominic Moore scored the lone goal of the game late in the second period as New York earned a 1-0 victory in front of the Madison Square Garden faithful.

The Kings won a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday night in Chicago, overcoming deficits of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3 to eventually force overtime, before Alec Martinez’ point shot deflected off of Nick Leddy’s shoulder and past Corey Crawford to send Los Angeles to the Final.

The Kings played 21 of a possible 21 games in the first three rounds, becoming the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win three Game 7s on the road in all three series while advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers played 20 of a possible 21 games, earning Game 7 victories at home against Philadelphia and on the road in Pittsburgh, before dispatching Montreal in six games in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers’ last Stanley Cup title came in 1994, when New York defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games for its first Stanley Cup since 1940. The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games in 2012 for their first championship, and made their Stanley Cup debut in 1993 against the Canadiens.

Although this is their first encounter in the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers have faced the Kings twice in Stanley Cup Playoff history. New York defeated Los Angeles twice in preliminary round series in 1979 and 1981.

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Wed., June 4 Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Sat., June 7 Stanley Cup Final – Game 2 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 7:15 p.m.#
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

#Game 2 coverage will commence immediately following NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes.

KINGS-BLACKHAWKS GAME 7 IS MOST-WATCHED NON-STANLEY CUP FINAL NHL PLAYOFF GAME ON RECORD

As reported earlier today, The Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks Game 7 overtime thriller on Sunday night averaged 4.137 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company, making it:

  • the most-watched non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff game on record;
  • the most-watched NHL game ever on NBCSN; and
  • the most-watched non-Olympic program ever on NBCSN.

Click here for more ratings information on Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 and the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs through three rounds: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/06/03/kings-blackhawks-game-7-is-most-watched-non-stanley-cup-final-nhl-playoff-game-on-record/

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 88

One-goal Games: 41
OT games: 23

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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New York Rangers Face Los Angeles Kings In Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 Wednesday At 8 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_2Coverage of Game 1 Begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

Kings Defeat Blackhawks 5-4 in Game 7 Overtime to Advance

Notes & Quotes from Kings’ Game 7 OT Win Against Blackhawks

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 2, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the Stanley Cup Final begins with Game 1 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 5-4 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks, as Alec Martinez’s point shot deflected past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford to send the Kings to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years. With the win, the Kings became the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win three Game 7s on the road in all three series while advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings will look to earn their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, after defeating the New Jersey Devils in six games in 2012 for their first ever title. The Rangers aim for their first Stanley Cup title in 20 seasons, when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in 1994 for their first championship since 1940.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the Game 1 call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who will miss Game 1 due to a death in his family, will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

Host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick will anchor NHL Live from inside STAPLES Center, while Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will comment from a set outside the arena.

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Wed., June 4 Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Sat., June 7 Stanley Cup Final – Game 2 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 7:30 p.m.#
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

#Game 2 coverage will commence immediately following NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes.

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NOTES AND QUOTES – KINGS-BLACKHAWKS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 7

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (Inside the Glass analyst) called last night’s Kings-Blackhawks game on NBCSN, while NBCSN’s NHL Live studio team featured host Liam McHugh, and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

Following are quotes from Sunday night’s Game 7 coverage between the Kings and Blackhawks:

Albert on game-winning goal: “Martinez with a shot – it’s in! The Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. The shot by Martinez deflected and beat Crawford – it’ll be the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.”

Martinez to Brian Engblom following game-winning goal: “We never say die. I think someone described us a bunch of cockroaches – we just don’t go way. If that’s our M.O., it’s fine with me.”

Micheletti on the Kings: “The resolve of the L.A. Kings, we’ve talked about so often…they trailed 2-0, then 3-2, 4-3 in the third before scoring late…incredible…a team that never stops. They never lose their confidence.”

Milbury on Kings-Blackhawks dramatic Western Conference Final: “It’s just about as good as it gets for a hockey fan.”

McHugh following the third period: “Let’s be honest – there was pretty much no way this one wasn’t going to overtime.”

Milbury on Kings-Blackhawks: “It’s sad that it’s over, because it was so much fun to watch this thing. It’s sad to think that Chicago has their heads down in the locker room. They have to be inconsolable, and they’ll stay that way for a while. But in time, they’ll realize they were a part of one special series.”

Jones on effect of grueling seven-game series: “Good news for the Rangers that it went to seven games…it gives the Rangers some hope. It was big that it was an overtime game.”

Jones on Kings’ Marian Gaborik, who leads all players in goals in 2014 postseason: “That trade for Marian Gaborik was simply perfect…Gaborik found a way to break through…I’m pretty sure he’ll be looking forward to matching up against the New York Rangers.”

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 88

One-goal Games: 41
OT games: 23

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Programming Culminating with the 146th Running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC

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NBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Programming Culminating with the 146th Running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Special Documentary California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion Debuts Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 28, 2014 – NBC Sports Group presents 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes – more than double the number of hours initially scheduled – beginning next Wednesday, June 4.

On Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, California Chrome runs for history, aiming to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Coverage begins Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion,a special 30-minute documentary narrated by Bob Costas, detailing the story of an unlikely team of horsemen in co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin coming together with trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza to take their horse to the brink of the Triple Crown.

Coverage continues with Belmont Classics Thursday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with a look at past Belmont Stakes winners including three consecutive Triple Crown upsets: 2002 winner Sarava (beat Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem), 2003 winner Empire Maker ridden by NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey(topped Triple Crown contender Funny Cide), and 2004 winner Birdstone (beat Triple Crown hopeful Smarty Jones). Belmont Classics continues at 6:30 p.m. ET with a look at 2011 winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 winner Union Rags, and 2013 winner Palace Malice.

On Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents Belmont Stakes Access featuring live race coverage of the True North and Belmont Gold Cup, as well as Belmont Stakes news, interviews and analysis. Later Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET respectively, NBCSN presents special one-hour looks back at California Chrome’s victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Race coverage on Saturday, June 7, begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, continues at 4:30 p.m. ET with the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on NBC, and is followed by a post-race show at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Following is a full schedule of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont Stakes programming: 

THE BELMONT STAKES

Date Time Event Network
Weds., June 4 6:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion                 NBCSN
Weds., June 4 10:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion (Encore) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 5:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 6:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2011 Winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 Winner Union Rags, 2013 Winner Palace Malice) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 7:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 3:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Fri., June 6 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8:30 p.m. 140th Kentucky Derby                          NBCSN
Fri., June 6 9:30 p.m. 139th Preakness Stakes NBCSN
Fri., June 6 10:30 p.m. Belmont Access (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 7 Midnight California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Prep NBCSN
Sat., June 7 4:30 p.m. The 146th Belmont Stakes NBC
Sat., June 7 7 p.m. Belmont Post-Race Show NBCSN

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NBC Sports Group Doubles Belmont Stakes Programming As California Chrome Runs For History

nbc-sports-groupNBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Programming Culminating with the 146th Running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Special Documentary California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion Debuts Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 28, 2014 – NBC Sports Group presents 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes – more than double the number of hours initially scheduled – beginning next Wednesday, June 4.

On Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, California Chrome runs for history, aiming to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Coverage begins Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion,a special 30-minute documentary narrated by Bob Costas, detailing the story of an unlikely team of horsemen in co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin coming together with trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza to take their horse to the brink of the Triple Crown.

Coverage continues with Belmont Classics Thursday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with a look at past Belmont Stakes winners including three consecutive Triple Crown upsets: 2002 winner Sarava (beat Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem), 2003 winner Empire Maker ridden by NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey(topped Triple Crown contender Funny Cide), and 2004 winner Birdstone (beat Triple Crown hopeful Smarty Jones). Belmont Classics continues at 6:30 p.m. ET with a look at 2011 winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 winner Union Rags, and 2013 winner Palace Malice.

On Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents Belmont Stakes Access featuring live race coverage of the True North and Belmont Gold Cup, as well as Belmont Stakes news, interviews and analysis. Later Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET respectively, NBCSN presents special one-hour looks back at California Chrome’s victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Race coverage on Saturday, June 7, begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, continues at 4:30 p.m. ET with the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on NBC, and is followed by a post-race show at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Following is a full schedule of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont Stakes programming: 

THE BELMONT STAKES

Date Time Event Network
Weds., June 4 6:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion                 NBCSN
Weds., June 4 10:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion (Encore) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 5:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 6:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2011 Winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 Winner Union Rags, 2013 Winner Palace Malice) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 7:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 3:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Fri., June 6 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8:30 p.m. 140th Kentucky Derby                          NBCSN
Fri., June 6 9:30 p.m. 139th Preakness Stakes NBCSN
Fri., June 6 10:30 p.m. Belmont Access (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 7 Midnight California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Prep NBCSN
Sat., June 7 4:30 p.m. The 146th Belmont Stakes NBC
Sat., June 7 7 p.m. Belmont Post-Race Show NBCSN

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Sports Group To Present More Than 10 Hours Of The 2014 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship This Weekend

nbc-sports-groupLive Collegiate Rugby Championship Action Begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC

NBCSN Presents Four Hours of Live Coverage, Starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday

The Comcast Network & Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia to Provide Comprehensive Local Coverage Throughout the Weekend

NBC Sports Live Extra to Provide Streaming Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 29, 2014 – NBC and NBCSN will combine to present seven hours of live coverage of the annual USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship this weekend from PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.

Coverage begins on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC with live preliminary round matches, and continues on NBCSN at 4:30 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Group’s live presentation of the Collegiate Rugby Championship resumes Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and shifts to NBC at 4 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Shield, Bowl, Plate and Championship Finals.

Veteran announcer Todd Harris will serve as the play-by-play commentator for all telecasts. Harris will be joined in the booth by former USA Sevens captain and USA Rugby World Cup participant Brian Hightower. Marty Snider will report all the action from the sidelines.

The fifth annual USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship will be held at PPL Park and features 20 teams from various colleges, including defending-champion California, two-time tournament champion Dartmouth, Arizona, Drexel, Kutztown, Life, Maryland, Michigan, Navy, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn, Penn State, St. Joseph’s, Temple, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and UCLA.

All matches will consist of seven players per team, playing on the same size pitch as a traditional 15’s rugby match. Teams will compete in one of five pools and will play seven minute halves, with a two-minute halftime. Rugby Sevens will become an official Olympic sport in 2016 and the Collegiate Rugby Championship will offer fans a unique opportunity to preview some of the talent who may ultimately qualify for the U.S. Olympic team.

COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE COMCAST NETWORK

The Comcast Network will air live coverage on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET, with encore presentations of Collegiate Rugby Championship on The Comcast Network on Sunday at noon ET and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. The Comcast Network’s coverage on Saturday will feature local colleges and universities, including Drexel, Temple, Penn State, St. Joe’s and Kutztown. SportsNet Central, CSN Philadelphia’s daily news program, and CSNPhilly.com will also provide coverage of the Collegiate Rugby Championship this weekend.

2014 USA SEVENS COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP TELECAST SCHEDULE

DATE TIME NETWORK
Saturday, June 1 3 p.m. ET NBC
Saturday, June 1 4:30 p.m. ET NBCSN
Saturday, June 1 6 p.m. ET The Comcast Network
Sunday, June 2 2 p.m. ET NBCSN
Sunday, June 2 4 p.m. ET NBC
Sunday, June 2 Noon ET The Comcast Network*
Sunday, June 2 8 p.m. ET CSN Philadelphia*

*Denotes encore presentation

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live streaming coverage of Saturday’s Collegiate Rugby Championship coverage on NBC and NBCSN, as well as NBC’s coverage on Sunday. The majority of coverage will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

USA SEVENS RUGBY ON NBC:  

NBC Sports Group is also the exclusive home of USA Sevens Vegas and the Collegiate Rugby Championship.  The Collegiate Rugby Championship is a joint collaboration between NBC Sports Group and United World Sports, the owner of USA Sevens and the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC). The tournament features 20 of the top college rugby teams in the nation, including defending-champion California, two-time tournament champion Dartmouth, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Michigan.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Days 45-47 – Kings Can Advance To Stanley Cup Final With Win Tonight Against Blackhawks In Los Angeles

NBCSN_LogoCoverage of Blackhawks-Kings Game 6 Begins Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Winner of Western Conference Faces New York Rangers in Stanley Cup Final

Rangers Defeat Canadiens in Game 6 to Reach First Stanley Cup Final in 20 Years

All Games Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 30, 2014 –The Los Angeles Kings can advance to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years, and set up a showdown with the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers, with a Game 6 win tonight against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Tonight’s coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live streaming coverage of tonight’s Western Conference Final action, starting at 8 p.m. ET with NHL Live.

A win tonight would send the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 last night in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden, as Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves to earn the shutout. A Blackhawks victory tonight would force a Game 7 showdown back in Chicago on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Blackhawks forced Game 6 with a thrilling 5-4 double-overtime win on Wednesday, despite relinquishing leads of 2-0 and 3-1 during the game. Ben Smith tied the game at four early in the third period, and the game remained even until the 2:04 mark of double overtime, when veteran forward Michal Handzus beat Jonathan Quick to keep the Blackhawks alive and send the series back to L.A. Patrick Kane was a catalyst for the Blackhawks, recording assists on four of Chicago’s five goals, after recording just one point in the first four games of the series.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (“Inside the Glass” analyst) will have the call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. On Fridays, a weekend edition will be posted.

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For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.

THE PASS – FRIDAY, MAY 30 & SUNDAY, JUNE 1 (All times ET)

FRIDAY, MAY 30
Time Coverage Network Commentators
8 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
9 p.m. Game 6 – Chicago at Los Angeles NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom
SATURDAY, MAY 31- NO GAMES
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
8 p.m. Game 6 – Chicago at Los Angeles NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom

RANGERS DEFEAT CANADIENS IN GAME 6 TO REACH FIRST STANLEY CUP FINAL IN 20 YEARS

After allowing four goals on 19 shots and being pulled midway through the second period in Game 5, Henrik Lunqdvist showed why he’s nicknamed simply “The King,” stopping 18 shots last night in Game 6 to shut out the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 at Madison Square Garden and send the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. Dominic Moore scored the lone goal of the game late in the second period, proving to be difference-maker. In their last Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1994, the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games for their first title in 54 years.

The Rangers will face the winner of the Blackhawks-Kings series, and will begin the Stanley Cup Final either in Chicago or Los Angeles on June 4. Times and networks for the Stanley Cup Final will be announced at a later date.

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 58
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 86

One-goal Games: 39
OT games: 22

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including the comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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2014 French Open Coverage On NBC Begins This Sunday, May 25, At Noon ET

nbc-sports-groupNBC’s 27 Hours of Coverage Culminates with Women’s Final on Saturday, June 7 and Men’s Final on Sunday, June 8

32nd Consecutive Year as Broadcast Home of the French Open

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 20, 2014 – NBC presents 27 hours of the 2014 French Open, beginning this Sunday at Noon ET, with live opening-round coverage, culminating with the live Women’s Final on June 7 and the live Men’s Final on June 8.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal headlines the men’s field with a record eight French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2013), while Novak Djokovic looks to complete his career grand slam at Roland Garros.

Top-ranked Serena Williams is a two-time French Open champion (2002, 2013) and will defend her women’s singles title this year, facing competition from 2012 champion and last year’s runner-up Maria Sharapova.

COMMENTATORS: Host Ted Robinson anchors NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. This is Robinson’s 15th French Open in the anchor chair for NBC. McEnroe and Carillo teamed to win the mixed doubles title at the 1977 French Open.  This is NBC’s 32nd consecutive year televising the event.

FRENCH OPEN ON NBC: Following is the television schedule for NBC’s coverage of the 2014 French Open, which culminates with live coverage of the Women’s (June 7) and Men’s (June 8) Finals:

FRENCH OPEN ON NBC

Sunday, May 25 Noon – 3:00 p.m. ET First Round (LIVE)
Monday, May 26 Noon – 3:00 p.m. (all time zones) First Round (LIVE ET)
Saturday, May 31 Noon – 3:00 p.m. ET Third Round (LIVE)
Sunday, June 1 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET Fourth Round (LIVE)
Thursday, June 5 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (all time zones) Women’s Semifinal (LIVE ET)
Friday, June 6 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (all time zones) Men’s Semifinals (LIVE ET)
Saturday, June 7 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET Women’s Final (LIVE)
Sunday, June 8 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Men’s Final(LIVE)

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBC’s French Open coverage. The vast majority of the content will be streamed live via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.

French Open coverage airing NBC, including the Women’s (June 7) and Men’s (June 8) Finals, will be streamed to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC AND THE FRENCH OPEN: In 1975, NBC became the first American television network to provide coverage of the French Open when the network signed a three-year deal with the French Tennis Federation.  The tournament was covered by CBS from 1980-82 and returned to NBC in 1983, where it has remained since.

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Day 35 – Kings-Blackhawks Western Conference Final Continues Wednesday at 8 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogonbcWestern Conference Final Game 2 – Kings-Blackhawks Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Blackhawks Lead 1-0

Eastern Conference Final Game 3 – Rangers-Canadiens Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Rangers Lead 2-0

Second Round of 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Is Most-Watched Second Round on Cable On Record

All Games Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 20, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals continues tomorrow night, when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Tomorrow’s coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, featuring host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick, leading into live game coverage from United Center in Chicago. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of Wednesday night’s Western Conference Final action, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

The Blackhawks took Game 1 of the series with a 3-1 win over the Kings on Sunday afternoon, as Brandon Saad notched a goal and an assist, and Corey Crawford stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced, as Chicago improved to a perfect 7-0 at home in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (“Inside the Glass” analyst) will have the call from United Center in Chicago.

THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 – THURSDAY, MAY 22 (All times ET)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick
8 p.m. Game 2 – Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom
THURSDAY, MAY 22
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones
8 p.m. Game 3 – Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. On Fridays, a weekend edition will be posted.

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GAME 3 – CANADIENS-RANGERS EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL – THURSDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – RANGERS LEAD 2-0

Coverage of the Eastern Conference Final between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers continues on Thursday with Game 3 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as the Rangers look to move within one victory of a Stanley Cup Final berth. The Rangers took control of the series with a 3-1 win in Game 2 on Monday night in Montreal to earn a 2-0 series lead, as forwards Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash found the back of the net in the victory, and Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to deny Montreal.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play voice Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Bell Centre in Montreal.

SECOND ROUND OF 2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS IS MOST-WATCHED SECOND ROUND ON CABLE ON RECORD

The second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs stands as the most-watched second round on cable on record (since 1994). The 25 games that aired on NBCSN and CNBC averaged 1.458 million, up two percent from last year’s second round (1.431 million, 21 games).

NBCSN delivered four of the network’s top six most-watched second-round games ever this year.

Following are the top four games of the second round on NBCSN:

Series Game Date Viewership
MTL-BOS Game 7 May 14 2.276 million
NYR-PIT Game 7 May 13 1.960 million
NYR-PIT Game 1 May 2 1.951 million
MTL-BOS Game 1 May 1 1.925 million

Through the first two rounds, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs rank as the most-watched on cable on record (since 1994). The 65 games have averaged 880,000 combined viewers on NBCSN and CNBC, up 19% vs. last year (742,000 for 63 games).

The eight games that have aired on NBC through the first two rounds have averaged 2.141 million viewers, up 10% vs. last year (1.941 million, 6 games).

NBC, NBCSN and CNBC have combined to average 1.026 million viewers through the first two rounds (73 games), up 20% vs. last year’s first two rounds (852,000, 69 games).

For the third consecutive year, NBC Sports Group is televising all NHL playoff games nationally. NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs began in the second round. Cable games were subjected to local blackouts in the first round.

CONFERENCE FINALS TELECAST SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

Following are the telecast schedules for both Conference Finals. All game telecasts will air on either NBC or NBCSN. Game times, networks and commentating assignments are subject to change.

RANGERS-CANADIENS

Date Coverage Network Time Commentators
Thu., May 22 Game 3 – Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Sun., May 25 Game 4 – Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Tue., May 27 Game 5* – N.Y. Rangers at Montreal NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD
Thu., May 29 Game 6* – Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD
Sat., May 31 Game 7* – N.Y. Rangers at Montreal NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD

*if necessary

KINGS-BLACKHAWKS

Date Coverage Network Time Commentators
Wed., May 21 Game 2 – Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m. Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom
Sat., May 24 Game 3 – Chicago at Los Angeles NBC 8 p.m. Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom
Mon., May 26 Game 4 – Chicago at Los Angeles NBCSN 9 p.m. Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom
Wed., May 28 Game 5* – Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD
Fri., May 30 Game 6* – Chicago at Los Angeles NBCSN 9 p.m. TBD
Sun., June 1 Game 7* – Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD

*if necessary

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 10
NBCSN 56
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 78

One-goal Games: 34
OT games: 19

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including the comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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Day 30 – Game 7 Tonight — Ducks Host Kings at 9 P.M. ET on NBCSN

nhl_nbc_2Conference Finals Begin This Weekend on NBC

2.3 Million Viewers Watch Last Night’s Game 7

Boston Scores Best-Ever 22.3 HH Rating

Canadiens-Bruins Streams Nearly 4 Million Minutes

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 15, 2014 – Today marks the first day since the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs began that there are no games being played. However, action resumes tomorrow night with Game 7 in the “Freeway Series” between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It will be the third Game 7 in four days.

Saturday and Sunday will begin the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals, respectively. The Montreal Canadiens will host the New York Rangers on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks will either host the Los Angeles Kings or travel to the Anaheim Ducks at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

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THE PASS – FRIDAY, MAY 16 – SUNDAY, MAY 18 (All times ET)

(There are no games tonight)

FRIDAY, MAY 16
Time Coverage Network Commentators
8:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
9 p.m. Game 7 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom
SATURDAY, MAY 17
1 p.m. Game 1 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (3) Montreal NBC Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
SUNDAY, MAY 18
3 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (1) Anaheim OR (3) Los Angeles at (3) Chicago NBC Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,  Brian Engblom
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones

Tonight – MAY 16

The Kings face the Ducks tonight in Game 7 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a trip to the Western Conference Final at stake. On Wednesday night, the Kings built a 2-0 lead on goals from Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis, and held on for a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles. This is the third Game 7 in four days, and the road team won both contests by a score of 2-1, as the Rangers and Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. John Forslund (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside the Glass analyst) will have the call from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

VIEWERSHIP & CONSUMPTION HIGHLIGHTS

Wednesday night’s Game 7 between the Canadiens and the Bruins (6:59-9:52 p.m. ET) averaged 2.276 million viewers, making it the most-watched game featuring a Canadian team ever on NBCSN, excluding the Stanley Cup Final; the most-watched cable game of the 2014 playoffs so far; and the third-most watched second-round game ever on NBCSN.

The contest, in which the Canadiens defeated the Bruins, 3-1, in Boston and advance to the Eastern Conference Final, peaked in its penultimate quarter-hour (9:30-9:45 p.m. ET) with 3.2 million viewers. In Boston, the game delivered a 22.3 HH rating, the highest-rated second-round Bruins game ever in the market on NBCSN.

Digitally, Canadiens-Bruins Game 7 broke nearly every record in the book as it was the best authentication-required NHL game ever – beating both authentication-required Stanley Cup Final games last year. Regardless of authentication status, it was the best second-round game ever and the best game of the 2013-14 season. The game delivered 3.99 million minutes and 79,633 uniques.

Game 6 of Ducks-Kings (9:52 p.m. – 12:22 a.m. ET), the second game of last night’s doubleheader, averaged 1.036 million viewers, making it the most-watched game of the series to date and up 22% vs. the comparable game last year (Sharks-Kings).

PLEASE KISS PIERRE

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was so excited that his team won Game 7 against the Bruins that he ended the night’s post-game interview with NBCSN “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire with a big kiss. Watch it here:

http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/pk-subban-excited-beat-bruins

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 50
CNBC 11
NHL-N 2
Total 71

One-goal Games: 34
OT games: 20

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including the comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

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NBC Sports Group Presents 8 Hours Of Preakness Stakes Coverage As California Chrome Aims For 2nd Leg Of Triple Crown

nbc-sports-group139th Preakness Stakes on NBC on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET; Coverage from Pimlico Begins Friday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN

“I think California Chrome will win this weekend.” – NBC’s Mike Battaglia

“There are two or three new shooters this year that can give California Chrome a legitimate run for his money.” – NBC’s Bob Neumeier

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 14, 2014 – Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome leads the field as the NBC Sports Group presents 8 hours of coverage of the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Coverage begins from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Friday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminates with the Preakness Stakes Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

With a win Saturday at the Preakness Stakes, California Chrome will head to the Belmont aiming to become the first horse to win the elusive Triple Crown since Affirmed, with jockey Steve Cauthen, in 1978.  NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Belmont Stakes begins Friday, June 6.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group coverage of the Preakness Stakes features Bob Costas, a 26-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman, and race caller Larry Collmus. In addition, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno will provide a mix of features and interviews at Pimlico.

FEATURES AND STORYLINES: The features NBC Sports Group is preparing for its Preakness coverage include:

  • A trip to the homes of California Chrome’s co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, who returned to their day jobs just days after winning at Churchill Downs;
  • A look at some of the new shooters trying to beat the Derby champ;
  • Josh Elliott visits with California Chrome’s jockey Victor Espinoza and his older brother Jose, a jockey whose career ended with a terrifying fall at Saratoga nine months ago;
  • Carolyn Manno reports from the infield at Pimlico;
  • Bob Costas offers an essay on California Chrome.

PRODUCTION TEAM: The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, a veteran of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001. The Preakness Stakes is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. NBCSN’s coverage is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Patrick McManus. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.

PREAKNESS STAKES

Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 16 3 p.m. Preakness Classics: Oxbow (2013); I’ll Have Another (2012); Rachel Alexandra (2009) NBCSN
Fri., May 16 4 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 17 1 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
Sat., May 17 4:30 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC
Sat., May 17 6:30 p.m. Preakness Post-Race Show NBCSN

THE HANDICAPPERS

NBC Sports handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier provided their thoughts on the Preakness in separate interviews. Their comments are below:

THE PREAKNESS ACCORDING TO BATTAGLIA: “The main story is California Chrome, but the big story other than that, to me, is how few challengers from the Derby are coming back and going after him. I can’t remember the last time only two other horses [General A Rod, Ride on Curlin] came out of the Derby and ran in the Preakness.”

BATTAGLIA ON CALIFORNIA CHROME’S TRIPLE CROWN CHANCES: “I think California Chrome will win this weekend. I was very impressed with the way he won the Derby; I don’t care about the time. That didn’t bother me at all…I think the shorter distance will play right into him, and I think he’s going to go into the Belmont with a shot.”

NEUMEIER ON THE CHALLENGERS TO CALIFORNIA CHROME: “My eyes are trained on the new shooters, which is very rare. Typically in any given year the Derby survivors are the ones you should focus on in the Preakness because typically they are the best horses. For some reason, that’s not it this year and I think there are two or three new shooters this year that can give California Chrome a legitimate run for his money.”

BATTAGLIA ON THE “NEW SHOOTERS” & RIDE ON CURLIN: “There is an abundance of early speed. Most of them have tons of speed, especially Social Inclusion. We thought we were going to get a fast pace in the Derby and we didn’t get it – but it almost has to be fast in the Preakness. I think that puts Ride on Curlin in a nice spot. With California Chrome, I don’t think it matters, but I think it puts Ride on Curlin in a very nice spot. Mark Casse’s horse, Dynamic Impact, I really like the way he’s improving. This is a horse that took a while to break his maiden. He actually beat older horses when he broke his maiden. I kind of like that. I loved his race in the Illinois Derby, so I think of the new shooters, I give him the edge. I think the presence in the speed with all the new shooters will really help Ride on Curlin.”

NEUMEIER ON “NEW SHOOTER” SOCIAL INCLUSION: “Social Inclusion is the big threat because he is very, very fast. He’s coming off of a foot bruise injury. I think he’s OK, I know he had a workout on Monday where people saw it and were very impressed. I think his injury is behind him, and he has run racing by numbers that would beat California Chrome, so he is at the top of the list.”

NEUMEIER ON “NEW SHOOTER” DYNAMIC IMPACT: “More under-the-radar is a horse called Dynamic Impact who won the Illinois Derby. He might be overlooked by some but he beat a nice horse called Midnight Hawk, flew mightily to win that race. I’m looking for him in somewhere of the neighborhood of 12-to-1 to 15-to-1 range. I think he’s got a chancee.”

NEUMEIER ON “NEW SHOOTER” KID CRUZ: “My third new shooter would be a horse called Kid Cruz. You’ll know him because he was named after the Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and comes from way, way back of the pack.  There are a lot of early speed horses in this race — Bayern, Social Inclusion, California Chrome. If they should go out and decide to put themselves in a suicide pace then Kid Cruz could be there to pick up the pieces. So I would say those three would be the three shooters that I would take a look at.”

BATTAGLIA’S PICKS: “California Chrome, Ride on Curlin, Dynamic Impact.”

NEUMEIER’S PICKS: “My pick Saturday will be either Social Inclusion, Kid Cruz or Dynamic Impact.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA PREAKNESS STAKES COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBC and NBCSN Preakness Stakes coverage. The vast majority of the content will be streamed live via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.

Preakness Stakes coverage airing on NBCSN and NBC, including the Preakness Stakes race, will be streamed to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s Preakness Stakes coverage includes:

  • Four exclusive isolation cameras, including one on Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome during the race
  • Bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators
  • Replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby and earlier prep races

PREAKNESS STAKES ALL-ACCESS

Horse racing fans can access content from the Preakness at a “social center” housed on NBCSports.com/Preakness. Fans can access and sort social media content from Instagram, Twitter and Vine through various streams including horse racing experts, horses (including the horses themselves, jockeys and trainers), a photos-only section and Vine videos. Preakness All-Access aggregates what’s trending around the race and what’s hot in the social world. In addition, fans can plug in their first and last names and will be given their ‘Horse Name’ to be shared on Twitter.

Twitter: Viewers and Tweeters alike will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #PREAKNESS. Reminders will appear on screen throughout all of NBC Sports Group’s Preakness coverage.

  • On-air integration of live tweets from celebrities, horse racing experts and @NBCSN will be featured on screen throughout the broadcasts to keep viewers up to date with what’s happening on Twitter;
  • A Trending Bar will be integrated into the live broadcast coverage to update viewers in real time as to what Preakness-related terms are trending on Twitter;
  • For the ultimate horse racing fan, @NBCSN will live tweet all week leading up to the Preakness, including the Preakness Draw, and provide interactive trivia and “Did You Know” tweets during the Preakness Classic broadcast. It will give fans behind the scenes access and information like never before.

Facebook: Fans will have the chance to join in on the Preakness broadcast:

  • Everyone at home can pick their winner with the “Choose the Winning Horse” Facebook poll on www.facebook.com/NBCSports. The nation’s votes will be tallied and shown on-air during the Preakness broadcast.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.

KENTUCKY DERBY: California Chrome’s exciting victory in the 2014 Kentucky Derby marks the fourth time in six years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) that NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers. From 1991-2008, Kentucky Derby average viewership did not reach 15 million.

AWARDS FOR NBC’S HORSE RACING COVERAGE: Since its involvement in the Triple Crown, NBC Sports has been honored with 13 Eclipse Awards for its thoroughbred racing coverage including the award for Television – Live Program for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. NBC’s previous wins in that category include: Preakness (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008), Kentucky Derby (2007, 2012), Belmont (2004) and Breeder’s Cup (2001).  Additionally, NBC Sports has won three Eclipse Awards in the features category: 2002 War Emblem (Preakness broadcast), 2005 Afleet Alex (Kentucky Derby broadcast) and 2009 Mine That Bird (Preakness broadcast). The 2005 and 2006 Preakness broadcasts were nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special.

For Listings and the NBCSN Channel Finder, visit http://www.nbcsports.com/tv-listings .

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