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Monday, April 27th, 2015
GAME 7 – ALEX OVECHKIN AND WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOST JOHN TAVARES AND NEW YORK ISLANDERS IN ELIMINATION GAME TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Game 7 – (3) Islanders-(2) Capitals – Series Tied 3-3 – Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Mike “Doc” Emrick Calls Islanders-Capitals Game 7 Once Again, 28 Years After Isles-Caps “Easter Epic”
Game 6 – (2) Lightning-(3) Red Wings – Red Wings Lead 3-2 – Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC
Minneapolis and St. Louis Markets Post Record Ratings for Sunday’s Blues-Wild Game 6 on NBC
NBC Sports Group To Provide Extensive Coverage of IIHF World Hockey Championship For Fifth Consecutive Year
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 27, 2015 – NBCSN presents the first Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, as Alex Ovechkin and the (2) Washington Capitals host John Tavares and the (3) New York Islanders in a do-or-die elimination game on Day 13 of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL playoff coverage.
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 the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
Emrick handled the play-by-play commentary of the last Game 7 between the Islanders and Capitals 28 years ago, on April 18-19, 1987. Islanders forward Pat LaFontaine scored in the fourth overtime to give New York the win early on Easter Sunday morning, which became known as the “Easter Epic,” and still stands as the longest Game 7 in NHL history.
Tonight’s playoff coverage on CNBC begins at 7 p.m. ET, when Pavel Datsyuk and the (3) Detroit Red Wings look to advance in the bracket with a Game 6 win over Steven Stamkos and the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning.
Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live on NBCSN, hosted by Liam McHugh with analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick. Host Kathryn Tappen will anchor CNBC’s studio coverage alongside analyst and former player Anson Carter, and guest analyst and former NHL goaltender Brian Boucher. Boucher split 13 NHL seasons with seven teams, playing the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers, including 42 playoff games with the team.
“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.
THE PASS – MONDAY, APRIL 27 (All times ET)
MONDAY, APRIL 27
|6:30 p.m.||NHL Live||NBCSN||Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
|7 p.m.||Game 6 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit||CNBC||John Forslund, Andy Brickley|
|7:30 p.m.||Game 7 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington||NBCSN||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie
Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
|NHL Live (Intermission Reports)||CNBC||Kathryn Tappen, Anson Carter,
GAME 7 – (3) ISLANDERS-(2) CAPITALS – TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 3-3
The Islanders and Capitals face off in a decisive Game 7 tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Islanders fought off elimination with a Game 6 win at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, as captain John Tavares recorded a goal and an assist, and goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 38 of 39 shots in the win.
This marks the first Game 7 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs; last year, the road team won six of seven Game 7 matchups. Eight of the Capitals’ 10 playoff series since 2008 have required a Game 7, while the Islanders are playing their first Game 7 since the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The winning team will advance in the bracket to face the (1) New York Rangers in the second round.
GAME 6 – (2) LIGHTNING-(3) RED WINGS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON CNBC – RED WINGS LEAD 3-2
The Red Wings look to close out their first-round series with a win at home over the Lightning tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and set up a second-round Original Six showdown with the (1) Montreal Canadiens. The teams have alternated wins through the first five games of the series. Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped all 28 shots he faced in Game 5 for his second shutout of the series in the Red Wings’ 4-0 victory in Tampa Bay on Saturday. The Lightning will look to draw upon their strong finish to Game 4 in Detroit, where they scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation and won 3-2 in overtime to stun the Red Wings.
John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. LOUIS POST RECORD RATINGS FOR SUNDAY’S BLUES-WILD GAME 6 ON NBC
The Minnesota Wild’s 4-1 Game 6 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday afternoon produced record ratings for the Minneapolis and St. Louis markets.
The game produced a 17.25 rating in Minneapolis, the highest rating ever for a Wild game on NBC in Minneapolis. In addition, St. Louis produced a 13.23 rating, which stands as the best first-round rating ever on NBC in the St. Louis market. The Wild advanced in the Western Conference bracket with their Game 6 win, and will face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 later this week.
NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF IIHF WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Earlier today, NBC Sports Group announced exclusive, comprehensive coverage of the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship from Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic – NBC Sports Group’s fifth consecutive year covering international hockey’s premier annual tournament – totaling more than 40 hours of coverage across NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
Coverage begins Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m. ET, when Team USA faces Finland, the 2014 silver medalist, in the first of seven preliminary-round games, which will all air on NBCSN.
This year’s Team USA roster includes 2015 Hobey Baker Award-winner Jack Eichel, widely regarded as a top prospect in this year’s NHL Draft.
Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s IIHF World Hockey Championship coverage.
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF 2015 IPC PARALYMPIC SLED HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES THIS WEEK
NBC Sports Group’s unprecedented 40 hours of coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., continues this week on NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCSN. Team USA kicked off the tournament with a 6-1 win over Russia in a rematch of the 2014 Paralympic gold medal game, as Sochi Paralympic star Josh Sweeney scored twice in the win. Team USA returns to the ice tonight to face Germany at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.
Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship coverage.
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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