Verizon Center Clash of Rivals “Flexed” For National Broadcast
NEW YORK (January 20, 2011) –The Sunday, February 6, Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at Verizon Center at 12:30 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today. When last seen on the same sheet of ice – and on NBC’s air – the Capitals and Penguins were battling the elements as well as each other in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.
Washington’s 3-1 victory that evening squared the clubs’ season series at one win apiece heading into their February 6 indoor clash. It also provided a stirring climax to the critically-acclaimed, four-part HBO series “24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic” that took viewers inside what has become one of the NHL’s most celebrated rivalry.
Led by a relentless, 25-game, point-scoring streak by their captain, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins went 15 straight games without a loss in regulation to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference standings by mid-December. Having romped to the 2009-10 Presidents’ Trophy, the Capitals battled through unfamiliar early-season adversity, losing eight straight games in early December.
However, entering play on Jan. 20, only four points separated the teams in the Eastern Conference standings. They meet again just once in the 2010-11 regular season, on Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh.
NBC Sports’ NHL “Game of the Week” begins this Sunday and will feature Mike Richards, Danny Briere and the Philadelphia Flyers taking on Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. (12:30 p.m. ET.)
At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The Feb. 6 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Jan. 20, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET. All subsequent flexed games will be announced on NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Upcoming 2011 NBC Game of the Week Regular-Season Flexible Schedule
|Jan. 23||PHILADELPHIA AT CHICAGO||12:30 p.m. ET|
|Feb. 6||PITTSBURGH AT WASHINGTON||12:30 p.m. ET|
Pittsburgh at NY Rangers OR
Boston at Detroit OR
|12:30 p.m. ET|
|Feb. 20||HOCKEY DAY IN AMERICA
presented by McDonald’s
Washington at Buffalo (regional)
|12 – 6 p.m. ET|
Philadelphia at NY Rangers OR
Buffalo at Minnesota
|Mar. 13||Chicago at Washington OR
Los Angeles at Dallas
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh OR
New Jersey at Columbus
NY Rangers at Philadelphia OR
Minnesota at Detroit OR
Boston at New Jersey OR
Pittsburgh at Atlanta OR