Sidney Crosby And Pittsburgh Penguins Host Zdeno Chara And Boston Bruins On Wednesday Night Rivalry

nhl_nbc_2Bob Costas Goes One-On-One with Sidney Crosby on Costas Tonight Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Rivals Features Bruins-Penguins Tuesday
at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN’s Game Coverage Begins with Canadiens-Rangers on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Lightning-Devils on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET

NHL Live Starts One Hour Before All Games

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 28, 2013 – NBC Sports Group continues its NHL regular-season coverage this week with three matchups, highlighted by a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals when the Boston Bruins visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage of Bruins-Penguins begins Tuesday with the latest episode of NHL Rivals at 10:30 p.m. ET, followed by Bob Costas’ sit-down with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the latest installment of Costas Tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Bruins and Penguins is their first meeting since Boston swept Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Finals in June, holding the Penguins to just two goals in four games. The Penguins currently lead the Metropolitan Division, while the Bruins sit two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs for the Atlantic Division lead.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens. Emrick and McGuire will call the live action from Madison Square Garden in New York.

NBCSN’s NHL game coverage continues on Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., October 28 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., October 22 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Bruins/Penguins NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Costas Tonight – Sidney Crosby NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., October 23 NHL Rivals – Bruins/Penguins (Encore) NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Boston at Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Costas Tonight – Sidney Crosby (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Canadiens-Rangers, Lightning-Devils, and Bruins-Penguins matchups.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins one hour before all games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick from the International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

COSTAS TONIGHT WITH SIDNEY CROSBY – 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Pittsburgh Penguins captain, 2009 Stanley Cup champion, and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Sidney Crosby sits down with 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas for the newest edition of Costas Tonight, to debut on Tuesday, October 29 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBCSN will also air an encore presentation of Costas Tonight on Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET.

The interview was filmed in Suite 66 at the CONSOL Energy Center, an ice-level suite in the Penguins’ home arena which is themed to Penguins legend Mario Lemieux.

Following are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Crosby:

Crosby on his relationship with Lemieux: “He’s meant a lot. In my first year, (I) had the opportunity to live with him and learn a lot pretty early. I’m glad I had him around and had a chance to play with him…that made a big difference, especially early on.”

Crosby on overtime goal against Team USA in 2010 Vancouver Games to clinch gold medal: “Scoring an overtime-winning goal in your own country, playing for Canada, a country that’s so passionate about hockey – it’s pretty special…playing for Canada, we always know that expectations are high. But being in Canada, in the Winter Olympics, we knew we had to find a way.”

Crosby on Russian LGBT Laws and 2014 Sochi Games: “Growing up in Canada, that’s something I never even really thought about or discussed – it didn’t matter. Anyone had the opportunity to play a sport, and to go through that was something that was a learning experience for me. I never even thought that’s something that would come up.”

Crosby on his history with concussions: “I look back to the first time I came back from the concussion, and I almost overdid it.  I almost hit guys more than I typically would.  I went into those areas probably when I didn’t need to almost to prove to yourself that, ‘Hey, everything’s good.’”

NHL RIVALS – BRUINS-PENGUINS – TUESDAY, 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NHL Rivals, which debuts this week on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, dovetails off of NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry, which Forbes dubbed “the hottest new brand in sports.” This week’s episode will feature the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Highlights include the Bruins displeasure with Pittsburgh’s switch of colors to black and gold in 1979, Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson’s hit on Bruins forward Cam Neely in 1991, the Jerome Iginla sweepstakes, and last season’s Eastern Conference Finals clash.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode of NHL Rivals.

Former Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber on Penguins changing colors to Black and Gold in 1979: “The Penguins were going to hop on the ‘City of Champions’ bandwagon, and the Bruins said, ‘Not a chance.’ They hated the idea – ‘We’re black and gold, you’re not black and gold.”

Former Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque being beaten by former Penguins forward Mario Lemieux for his first NHL goal: “I remember having a great seat watching that goal. I just followed him in and assisted on his first NHL goal.”

Former Boston Bruin Lyndon Byers on Ulf Samuelsson hit on Cam Neely: “If I ever saw Ulf Samuelsson now, I don’t know if I’d punch him out. But I know that if we had bumped into each other in the summer after that playoff series, there would have been some lumping going on.”

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present live college hockey coverage this Friday with a Hockey East showdown, when Boston College hosts Northeastern at 8 p.m. ET. Dave Goucher (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will have the call from Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra, All 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.

In addition to its coverage of the opening week of the NHL’s 2013-14 regular season, NBC Sports Group will present comprehensive pre-game and post-game coverage, the NHL Winter Classic, the NHL Stadium Series, and new shoulder programming.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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