WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOST BOSTON BRUINS ON NBC SPORTS’ “GAME OF THE WEEK” SUNDAY, APRIL 11, AT NOON ET
NEW YORK – Mar. 30, 2010 – The Sunday, April 11, Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at Verizon Center at Noon ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.
The game is a preview of a potential Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round matchup. If the season were to end today, the Capitals, who have locked up the top position in the Eastern Conference and continue in pursuit of the Presidents’ Trophy, given to the club finishing the regular-season with the best overall record, would square off against the No. 8 seeded Bruins in the first round.
Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin, already the two-time defending Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, is again challenging for the League lead in goals. Ovechkin (46 goals) currently sits one behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (47) and one ahead of Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning (45) in a race that promises to go down to the final day of the season.
Leading the defense looking to stop Ovechkin and his Capitals teammates will be Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. The tallest player in the League at 6’ 9”, Chara won the Norris Trophy as the League’s top defenseman last season over Washington’s Mike Green, who finished second.
Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time.
ADDITIONAL “GAME OF THE WEEK” MATCHUPS
This Sunday, April 4, playoff positions will again be on the line when the Red Wings visit the Philadelphia Flyers at 12:30 p.m. ET in the only meeting of the two teams this season. The Red Wings have climbed to the sixth spot in the Western Conference due in part to a current five-game winning streak and 8-1-1 record in their last 10 games. Meanwhile, an important two points are on the line for the Flyers who will be looking to strengthen their hold on the sixth position in the Eastern Conference.