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Monday, November 10th, 2014
PHIL KESSEL AND THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HOST PATRICE BERGERON AND THE BOSTON BRUINS ON “WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY”
Maple Leafs Host Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Toronto-Boston NHL Rivals Premieres Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET;
“I would do the Phil Kessel trade again.” – Former Toronto GM Brian Burke
Anaheim Ducks Host Rival Los Angeles Kings Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN in 2014 Playoff Rematch
Buffalo Sabres Visit St. Louis Blues Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 10, 2014 – This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN is highlighted by an Original Six showdown on Wednesday Night Rivalry, when Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins cross the border to face former Bruin Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage continues on NBCSN with an NHL Wednesday nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Ryan Kesler and the Anaheim Ducks host Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings in a 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff rematch. Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage kicks off tomorrow night at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with an all-new episode of NHL Rivals featuring the storied history between the Bruins and Maple Leafs.
This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when David Backes and the St. Louis Blues face Drew Stafford and the Buffalo Sabres.
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live coverage of Bruins-Maple Leafs, Kings-Ducks and Sabres-Blues.
NHL game coverage begins Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre- and post-game studio show. Kathryn Tappen anchors Tuesday’s coverage alongside analysts Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones, while Liam McHugh hosts Wednesday’s coverage with Mike Milbury, Jones, Roenick, and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who joins NBC Sports Group this year with more than 35 years of hockey reporting experience.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: BRUINS AT MAPLE LEAFS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Bruins and Maple Leafs face off in Toronto for the second time this season. On Oct. 25, Bergeron recorded two assists, and Tuukka Rask made 32 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. Bergeron rides a three-game point streak into tonight’s game against the Devils.
Kessel currently leads the Maple Leafs in goals (8) and assists (11), and his 19 total points are tied for third in the NHL with Tyler Seguin, behind Sidney Crosby (24) and Jakub Voracek (22). Through 15 games this season, the Bruins and Maple Leafs sit even at 18 points apiece in the Atlantic Division standings.
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 Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
KINGS AT DUCKS – WEDNESDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Immediately following Bruins-Maple Leafs on Wednesday, NBCSN will present a Wednesday nightcap featuring the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks at 10:30 p.m. ET. Wednesday night marks the first time the SoCal rivals will face off since their heated seven-game Stanley Cup Playoff series just six months ago, when the Kings took Game 7 in Anaheim with a convincing 6-2 win, en route to a Stanley Cup title.
Jonathan Quick has continued his strong play between the pipes in 2014-15, totaling a 7-3-3 record with a .943 save percentage in 13 games. That mark is tied for third-best among all goalies with Anaheim Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen, who has posted an impressive 7-1-2 record and 1.56 goals against average to start the season.
Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
SABRES AT BLUES – TUESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET when the St. Louis Blues look to continue their strong play of late against the Buffalo Sabres. The Blues had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night in a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, who currently lead the Central Division. In their most recent meeting last season, the Blues held off a late charge from the Sabres in a 2-1 win in St. Louis.
John Forslund (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Following is this week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN:
|Tues., November 11||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Buffalo at St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|NHL Rivals – Bruins-Maple Leafs (Premiere)||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
|Wed., November 12||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday Night Rivalry – Boston at Toronto||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Los Angeles at Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
BRUINS-MAPLE LEAFS NHL RIVALS – TUESDAY AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN dives into the storied Original Six history between the Bruins and Maple Leafs with an all-new episode of NHL Rivals tomorrow night at 11 p.m. ET. The episode looks back at iconic moments between the two legendary franchises, including the infamous 1933 incident between Eddie Shore and Ace Bailey; the impact of Bobby Orr; the Phil Kessel trade; and the Bruins’ improbable Game 7 win over the Maple Leafs in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Following are excerpts from tomorrow night’s episode of NHL Rivals:
Former Toronto GM Gord Stellick on Boston’s signing of Bobby Orr: “Bobby Orr’s the guy that should have been a (Maple) Leaf. Somebody from Parry Sound wrote a letter to Bob Davidson, the chief scout of the Toronto Maple Leafs, about this kid Bobby Orr. Boston basically moved in and built their organization around him.”
Former Toronto GM Brian Burke on Kessel trade, which sent three draft picks, including eventual 2010 second overall pick Tyler Seguin, to Boston: “I would do the Phil Kessel trade again.”
SportsNet reporter Damien Cox on Kessel trade: “It was going to be Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, and now we lost the potential to get a franchise player. A lot of Toronto fans at the time would blame Phil Kessel for that.”
Former Bruin Tyler Seguin on Game 7 of 2013 first-round series with Toronto, in which Bruins erased a three-goal third-period deficit: “I watch the game sometimes, and I still get goosebumps. It’s not the Stanley Cup Final, but it’s by far the craziest and most entertaining hockey game I’ve ever played in.”
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