NHL Network-U.S. Game of the Week Features Capitals at Penguins; Tonight’s Match-Up Pits Bitter Rivals for the Second Time This Season

Tonight’s Match-Up Pits Bitter Rivals for the Second Time This Season;
Former Penguins Radio & TV Talent Steve Mears Joins Cisco NHL Live Team

NEW YORK (February 7, 2013) – The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins take center stage on NHL Network-U.S. tonight when they meet for the ‘Game of the Week’ at CONSOL Energy Center. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.
ET in what promises to be another epic battle between Eastern Conference rivals.  The Network’s team of insiders and analysts will also cover intermission reports and bring viewers up to speed on news around the League and scores from the evening’s other games.

Since 2005, the Penguins and Capitals have faced off 29 times in the regular season, with the Penguins holding a 15-14-2 (14-13-2) edge in the series. Their most recent meeting was Sunday in Washington, where Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz  scored a career-high four goals to lead the teamto a 6-3 win. Kunitz became the first Penguins player since Jaromir Jagr
(Oct. 14, 2000 vs. NY Rangers) to score four goals in a game.

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



WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:  “The Penguins are back to looking like the Penguins, with Kunitz off to a fantastic start and [Sidney] Crosby and [Marc-Andre] Fleury delivering solid performances against the Islanders Tuesday night. The Capitals have been performing below expectation, but [Joel] Ward has been solid and [Mike] Ribeiro is heating up. If they can get a win against the Pens tonight, it would be huge for the Club’s morale and would re-energize their fans.”  — NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes

NEXT NHL NETWORK GAME: The spotlight shines on the lone NHL game on the schedule Friday, as the Dallas Stars host the Anaheim Ducks beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on both NHL Network-U.S. and Canada.

NEW TALENT: Steve Mears, who joined the NHL Network team officially this month, is the current co-host of Cisco NHL Live. No stranger to NHL Network, Mears covered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship U.S. games, for the Network.

Mears most recently served four seasons as a member of the Penguins Radio Network team. In addition to his work on the Penguins’ radio and TV game broadcasts, he served as the host of “Penguins Live” on Pittsburgh Penguins 24/7 Radio and was also a contributor to PensTV on the official team website.

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