NBC SPORTS COVERAGE OF STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND
Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers Saturday, 3 p.m. ET; Washington Capitals at New York Rangers Sunday, 2 p.m. ET (if necessary)
“The biggest surprise for me in this series is how willing the Penguins have been to push back physically against the Flyers.”
NEW YORK – April 24, 2009 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continues this weekend with Mike Richards and the Philadelphia Flyers hosting Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. The Penguins lead the series 3-2 after the Flyers stayed alive by winning Game 5 last night.
On Sunday at 2 p.m. ET (if necessary), Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals visit Madison Square Garden to take on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. The Caps will try and stave off elimination Friday night in D.C., as they trail 3-1 in the best of seven series.
Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass analyst) call the action (Darren Pang will fill in for McGuire Saturday in Philadelphia). McGuire and Pang will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury on site in Philadelphia and New York.
MCGUIRE ON PENS-FLYERS: “The biggest surprise for me in this series is how willing the Penguins have been to push back physically against the Flyers. They’ve even dictating a lot of the physical play, which the Flyers aren’t used to. I think it’s made a big difference.”
MCGUIRE ON CAPS-RANGERS: “It doesn’t take a genius to say that Henrik Lundqvist has been the difference-maker but I also give a lot of credit to John Tortorella. He knows that he doesn’t have the firepower to match the Capitals but they’ve game-planned really well in taking away second chances. He’s squeezed as much from the lemon as he can in getting the Rangers to this point.”
NHL ON NBC CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS SCHEDULE:
Saturday, April 25, 3 p.m. ET, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Game 6
Sunday, April 26 2 p.m. ET, Washington at New York Rangers, Game 6*
Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m. ET, TBD
Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m. ET, TBD
PROGRAMMING NOTE: If there is no Game 6 between the Capitals and Rangers on Sunday, the Jeep World of Adventure will air from 3-4 p.m. ET and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship from 4-6 p.m. ET.