NHL Network-U.S. Game of the Week Features Boston-Tampa Bay Match-Up; Weekend Live Game Schedule Includes Blackhawks Looking to Make History and a Rare Triple-Header Saturday with All-American Match-Ups

NHL_Network_logo-300x300   NHL NETWORK-U.S. GAME OF THE WEEK FEATURES BOSTON-TAMPA BAY MATCH-UP
Weekend Live Game Schedule Includes Blackhawks Looking to Make History
and a Rare Triple-Header Saturday with All-American Match-Ups

NEW YORK (February 20, 2013) – The long-awaited and previously-delayed first meeting of the season between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning will take place tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in the ‘Game of the Week’ on NHL Network-U.S. The Network’s team of insiders and analysts also will cover intermission
reports and bring viewers up to speed on news and scores from around the League.

After picking up a valuable two points in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs, the Lightning (8-6-1) trail the Bruins (9-2-2) by only three points in a tight Eastern Conference race. Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier has been on a recent hot streak, recording two goals and five points over the past five games, while Steven Stamkos (10-12–22) and Martin St. Louis (4-18–22) share third place on the NHL’s leaderboard with 22 points apiece. The Bruins, who are kicking off a three-game road trip, are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Their penalty kill leads the NHL at 94.1 percent and is anchored by goaltender Tuukka Rask, who is 3-0-1 in his last four starts, giving up just six goals over that span.

NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, will be on the air following the conclusion of the Bruins-Lightning at 10:00 p.m. ET.

NHL Network-U.S. will be the go-to destination for hockey fans over the next four days, as the channel airs six live NHL games, including the League-leading Chicago Blackhawks against the San Jose Sharks Friday night and an all-American triple-header Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at noon ET.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “I love this match-up because it’s a team (Boston) that believes in defense first, keeping the scoring low and trying to win games, 2-1, and Tampa Bay entirely the opposite.  They are the highest scoring team in the NHL (59 goals) and a team with tons of firepower that doesn’t mind opening up. We have two contrasting styles that should make for a great game. My prediction is Boston taking a close one, 3-2.” – NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose

NHL.COM GAME PREVIEW (BOS @ TB):
http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020243

NEXT NHL NETWORK GAMES:

Friday, Feb. 22 – San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET) **History in the making: The Blackhawks (13-0-3) have tied an NHL record for collecting points in consecutive games to start a season: 16, equal to the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, who opened the season 12-0-4. Chicago will try for 17 Friday night against San Jose

Saturday, Feb. 23 – New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals (12:00 p.m. ET), Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings (4:00 p.m. ET) and Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings (7:00 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Feb. 24 – Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers (3:00 p.m. ET)

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