FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 24th, 2015
DAYS 10-12 – NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS”
Game 5 – (4) Penguins-(1) Rangers – Rangers Lead 3-1 – Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Game 5 – (4) Senators-(1) Canadiens – Canadiens Lead 3-1 – Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC
Game 5 – (4) Wild-(1) Blues – Series Tied 2-2 – Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Saturday’s Telecast Schedule and Game Commentators Announced
Coverage of 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship Begins Sunday; Team USA vs. Russia at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 24, 2015 – Tonight’s 7 p.m. ET coverage on NBCSN and CNBC features a pair of elimination games in the Eastern Conference, as the (1) New York Rangers and (1) Montreal Canadiens look advance in the bracket to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Game 5 victories.
Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers host Sidney Crosby and the (4) Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as the Rangers look to eliminate the Penguins from the postseason for the second straight year. Coverage on CNBC begins at 7 p.m. ET, as P.K. Subban and the Canadiens look to close out their first-round series against Erik Karlsson and the (4) Ottawa Senators in Montreal.
Game 5 coverage continues at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when David Backes and the (1) St. Louis Blues host Zach Parise and the (4) Minnesota Wild, with their series tied at two games apiece.
“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. Friday editions will include weekend information.
All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”
For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.
TONIGHT – APRIL 24
NHL Live begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, hosted by Liam McHugh with analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones. Host Dave Briggs will anchor CNBC’s studio coverage alongside analyst and former player Anson Carter.
THE PASS – FRIDAY, APRIL 24-SUNDAY, APRIL 26 (All times ET)
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
|6:30 p.m.||NHL Live||NBCSN||Liam McHugh, Jeremy
Roenick, Keith Jones
|7 p.m.||Game 5 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||Gord Miller, Pierre
|7 p.m.||Game 5 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal||CNBC||Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson,
Glenn Healy, David Amber
|NHL Live (Intermission Reports)||CNBC||Dave Briggs,
|9:30 p.m.||Game 5 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis||NBCSN||Dave Strader,
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
|3 p.m.||Game 6 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders||NBC||Chris Cuthbert,
|6 p.m.||Game 5 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay||NBCSN||John Forslund,
|NHL Live (Intermission reports)||NBC||Liam McHugh, Mike
Milbury, Keith Jones
|8 p.m.||Game 6 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago||NBC||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie
Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
|9 p.m.||Game 6 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary||NBCSN||Jim Hughson, Craig
Simpson, Scott Oake
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
|3 p.m.||Game 6* – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (4) Pittsburgh||NBC||TBD|
|TBD||Game 6* – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa||TBD||TBD|
|TBD||Game 6 – (1) St. Louis at (4) Minnesota||TBD||TBD|
GAME 5 – (4) PENGUINS-(1) RANGERS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – RANGERS LEAD 3-1
The Rangers look to eliminate the Penguins from the postseason for the second straight year with a Game 5 victory in New York. All four games in the series have been decided by one goal, including the Rangers’ overtime win in Game 4 in Pittsburgh, as rookie Kevin Hayes scored on a rebound to give New York the victory and a 3-1 series lead. Last year, the Rangers overcame a 3-1 series deficit to the Penguins, rattling off three straight wins to eliminate Pittsburgh.
Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden in New York.
GAME 5 – (4) SENATORS-(1) CANADIENS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON CNBC – CANADIENS LEAD 3-1
The Canadiens return to Montreal in hopes of closing out their series with a Game 5 win over the Senators. Ottawa avoided elimination with a 1-0 win in Game 4, led by Mike Hoffman’s game-winner midway through the third period, and a 28-save shutout by goaltender Craig Anderson.
Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy, and David Amber will call the action from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.
GAME 5 – (4) WILD-(1) BLUES – TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 2-2
The Blues’ series with the Wild shifts back to St. Louis tonight for Game 5, as David Backes’ club looks to build off of a road win in Game 4. Backes and Paul Stastny scored their first goals of the series, while Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice to total five goals in four games against Minnesota, as the Blues defeated Minnesota 6-1.
Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
If tonight’s Penguins-Rangers game on NBCSN runs past 9:45 p.m. ET, into the start of Wild-Blues, puck drop of Wild-Blues will be shown live on NHL Network until Penguins-Rangers has concluded. Wild-Blues will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Penguins-Rangers.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
GAME 6 – (2) CAPITALS-(3) ISLANDERS – SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC – CAPITALS LEAD 3-2
John Tavares and the (3) New York Islanders look to stave off elimination on Saturday afternoon in their Game 6 matchup with Alex Ovechkin and the (2) Washington Capitals at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. The Caps took a 3-2 series lead with a 5-1 win over the Isles on Thursday night in Washington. A Caps victory would eliminate the Islanders and mark the final game in Nassau Coliseum, as the Isles will move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next year.
Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
GAME 5 – (3) RED WINGS-(2) LIGHTNING – SATURDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 2-2
The (2) Tampa Bay Lightning and (3) Detroit Red Wings face off in Game 5 of their series on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with their series tied at two games apiece, after a furious Game 4 comeback led by Lightning forward Tyler Johnson. Johnson scored Tampa Bay’s first goal in the third period, assisted on the tying goal just 1:17 later, and scored the game-winner in overtime to shock the Red Wings, giving Tampa Bay the 3-2 win.
John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
GAME 6 – (2) PREDATORS-(3) BLACKHAWKS – SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC – BLACKHAWKS LEAD 3-2
Jonathan Toews and the (3) Chicago Blackhawks look to close out their first-round series against Pekka Rinne and the (2) Nashville Predators on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Chicago leads the series 3-2, but the Predators fought off elimination with a 4-1 Game 5 win on Thursday, led by a hat trick from rookie forward Filip Forsberg.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.
GAME 6 – (2) CANUCKS-(3) FLAMES – SATURDAY AT 9 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – FLAMES LEAD 3-2
Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames look to eliminate Ryan Miller and the (2) Vancouver Canucks with a Game 6 win Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Miller kept Vancouver alive with a win in Game 5, stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 2-1 victory.
Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Scott Oake will call the action from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.
If Saturday evening’s Lightning-Red Wings game on NBCSN runs past 9:11 p.m. ET, into the start of Canucks-Flames, puck drop of Canucks-Flames will be shown live on NHL Network until Lightning-Red Wings has concluded. Canucks-Flames will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Lightning-Red Wings.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Sunday’s game telecast schedule has yet to be finalized. The NHL will release Sunday’s full telecast schedule following the conclusion of tonight’s games.
COVERAGE OF 2015 IPC PARALYMPIC SLED HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS SUNDAY; TEAM USA VS. RUSSIA AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Group’s unprecedented coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship begins this Sunday with four matchups on NBC Sports Live Extra, highlighted by a rematch of the 2014 Olympic gold-medal game, when Team USA faces Russia at 8 p.m. ET.
Click here for more information and full telecast and streaming schedule of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship.
COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
Comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals, respectively, with comprehensive coverage throughout their teams’ Stanley Cup Playoff runs, including exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.
For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream comprehensive coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.
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