Rangers-Penguins and Wild-Blackhawks Series Begin Friday Night with Doubleheader on NBCSN
Rival Ducks and Kings Begin Second-Round Series Saturday Night on NBCSN
All Games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC Will Be Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 1, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with one of the most storied rivalries in NHL history, as the (1) Boston Bruins host the (3) Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.
The Bruins and Canadiens are meeting in the postseason for a record 34th time, 11 more than the 23 meetings between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. The Canadiens have won 24 of the 33 series, but the Bruins have won seven of the past 11, including the past two meetings in 2009 and 2011. Montreal swept Tampa Bay in the first round, while Boston defeated Detroit in five games to advance. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Tonight will be McGuire’s 16th game in 16 days, and he is schedule to work at least three more games through Sunday.
The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs follows a first round highlighted by 25 one-goal games, 14 games that went to overtime, and the first Game 7 tripleheader in 11 years. Last night, the Rangers defeated the Flyers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden, the Wild stunned the Avalanche with a 5-4 overtime win in Denver, and the Kings notched a 5-1 win in San Jose to complete their improbable comeback from an 0-3 series deficit.
THE PASS – THURSDAY, MAY 1 (All times ET)
|6:30 p.m.||NHL Live||NBCSN||Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones|
|7:30 p.m.||Game 1 – (3) Montreal at (1) Boston||NBCSN||Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire|
“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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SECOND ROUND MATCHUPS
Coverage of the second-round matchup between the (2) New York Rangers and (1) Pittsburgh Penguins begins Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Rangers took Game 7 against the Flyers by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday night to advance, while the Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets in six games. Albert and McGuire will have the call of Game 1 from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. tomorrow night.
Game 1 between the (4) Minnesota Wild and (1) Chicago Blackhawks follows Rangers-Penguins on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Nino Niederreiter scored 5:02 into overtime last night to give the Wild a 5-4 series-clinching win in Game 7 over the Avalanche, while the Blackhawks erased a 0-2 series deficit with four straight victories over the Blues to advance. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will call Game 1 between the Wild and Blackhawks from United Center in Chicago, Ill. on Friday night.
NBCSN will present Game 1 between the (3) Los Angeles Kings and (1) Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. The Ducks defeated the Stars in six games to advance, while the Kings staged an improbable first-round comeback, erasing a 0-3 deficit to the Sharks with four straight victories, capped by a 5-1 win in San Jose last night. The Kings became just the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win after falling behind 0-3 in a series, setting the stage for the first playoff meeting with their I-5 rivals. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will call Game 1 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Following is NBC Sports Group’s telecast schedule for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Thursday, May 8. All dates, times, networks and commentators are subject to change.
|FRIDAY, MAY 2|
|7 p.m.||Game 1 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh||NBCSN||Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire|
|9:30 p.m.||Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Chicago||NBCSN||Dave Strader, Brian Engblom|
|SATURDAY, MAY 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Game 2 – (3) Montreal at (1) Boston||NBC||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire|
|8 p.m.||Game 1 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim||NBCSN||John Forslund, Joe Micheletti|
|SUNDAY, MAY 4|
|3 p.m.||Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Chicago||NBC||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire|
|7:30 p.m.||Game 2 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh||NBCSN||Dave Strader, Brian Engblom|
|MONDAY, MAY 5|
|7:30 p.m.||Game 3 – (1) Pittsburgh at (2) N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||TBD|
|10 p.m.||Game 2 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim||NBCSN||John Forslund, Joe Micheletti|
|TUESDAY, MAY 6|
|7 p.m.||Game 3 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal||NBCSN||Kenny Albert, Daryl Reaugh|
|9 p.m.||Game 3 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota||CNBC||Dave Strader, Brian Engblom|
|WEDNESDAY, MAY 7|
|7:30 p.m.||Game 4 – (1) Pittsburgh at (2) N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire|
|THURSDAY, MAY 8|
|7:30 p.m.||Game 4 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal||NBCSN||Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire|
|10 p.m.||Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Los Angeles||NBCSN||John Forslund, Joe Micheletti|
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.
One-goal Games: 25
OT games: 14
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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