FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
NBC SPORTS BEGINS EXCLUSIVE SECOND ROUND COVERAGE OF STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS TONIGHT WITH GAME 1 DOUBLEHEADER ON NBCSN
Game 1 – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Game 1 – Dallas Stars vs. St Louis Blues at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBC Sports Announces Second Round Telecast Schedule and Commentary Teams
NBC Sports Boston and NBC Sports California Provide Comprehensive Local Coverage of Bruins and Sharks Series
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 25, 2019 – NBC Sports begins its exclusive coverage of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a Game 1 doubleheader on NBCSN, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, when Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins host Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Six-time Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Mike Milbury (analyst), and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call from TD Garden in Boston.
Coverage shifts to the Western Conference at 9:30 p.m. ET, as Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars take on Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the series. Brendan Burke (play-by-play), AJ Mleczko (analyst), and Pierre McGuire, (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call from Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Pre-game coverage begins tonight on NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET with NHL Live.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and Connected TVs – will live stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, and CNBC, via “TV Everywhere” throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“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.
THE PASS – THURSDAY, APRIL 25 (All times ET)
|6 p.m.||NHL Live||NBCSN||Liam McHugh, Jeremy
Roenick, Keith Jones
|7 p.m.||Game 1 – Columbus at Boston||NBCSN||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike
Milbury, Brian Boucher
|9:30 p.m.||Game 1 – Dallas at St. Louis||NBCSN||Brendan Burke, AJ
Mleczko, Pierre McGuire
For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, please click here.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS AT BOSTON BRUINS – GAME 1 AT 7 P.M. ET TONIGHT ON NBCSN
The Boston Bruins – the top remaining team in the playoffs in terms of regular-season record – host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in their first-ever postseason meeting.
The Bruins advanced to the Second Round after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games, capped by a 5-1 Game 7 win in Boston on Tuesday. Brad Marchand led the way for the Bruins with nine points (4g/5a) in seven games vs. Toronto.
The Blue Jackets won their first-ever playoff series after completing a four-game sweep of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming the first team in NHL history to sweep the Presidents’ Trophy winner in the First Round. Matt Duchene led the Blue Jackets with seven points (3g/4a) in the series.
All three regular-season meetings between the Blue Jackets and Bruins came after Columbus made a number of acquisitions at the trade deadline. Columbus won the first matchup, 7-4, on March 12, and Boston won the final two matchups on March 16 (2-1 in OT) and April 2 (6-2).
DALLAS STARS AT ST. LOUIS BLUES – GAME 1 AT 9:30 P.M. TONIGHT ON NBCSN
After both teams completed series upsets in the First Round, the Dallas Stars will travel to St. Louis tonight for Game 1 in their first playoff meeting since 2016, when they also met in the Second Round.
Dallas overcame a 2-1 series deficit in the First Round against Nashville and won three straight games to reach the Second Round for the first time since 2016. The top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov led the Stars offensively, totaling 18 points in the six games vs. Nashville. Former Blues goaltender Ben Bishop is a Vezina Trophy finalist and had a .945 save percentage against the Predators.
The Blues are the first team in NHL history to advance to the Second Round after being in last place at the start of the calendar year. St. Louis avoided First Round elimination after defeating the Winnipeg Jets in six games. Forward Jaden Schwartz finished the series with five points (four goals, one assist), including a hat trick in the Blues’ 3-2 series-clinching victory in Game 6.
Dallas won three of four regular-season matchups against St. Louis this year. Benn recorded five goals in their last two meetings, and Tarasenko scored twice in St. Louis’ lone win against Dallas on Jan. 12.
NBC SPORTS ANNOUNCES SECOND ROUND TELECAST SCHEDULE AND COMMENTARY TEAMS
Following are NBC Sports’ Second Round broadcast teams:
|BOS-CBJ||Mike “Doc” Emrick||Brian Boucher, Mike Milbury|
|DAL-STL||Brendan Burke/Kenny Albert||Pierre McGuire, AJ Mleczko|
|NYI-CAR||John Forslund||Brian Boucher, Eddie Olczyk|
|COL-SJS||Brendan Burke/Chris Cuthbert||Pierre McGuire, Joe Micheletti|
Following is NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round schedule through Friday, May 3:
|Thur., April 25||Game 1 – Columbus at Boston||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Thur., April 25||Game 1 – Dallas at St. Louis||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|Fri., April 26||Game 1 – Carolina at N.Y. Islanders||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Fri., April 26||Game 1 – Colorado at San Jose||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sat., April 27||Game 2 – Dallas at St. Louis||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Sat., April 27||Game 2 – Columbus at Boston||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Sun., April 28||Game 2 – Carolina at N.Y. Islanders||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Sun., April 28||Game 2 – Colorado at San Jose||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., April 29||Game 3 – St. Louis at Dallas||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Tues., April 30||Game 3 – Boston at Columbus||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Tues., April 30||Game 3 – San Jose at Colorado||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Wed., May 1||Game 3 – N.Y. Islanders at Carolina||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Weds., May 1||Game 4 – St. Louis at Dallas||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|Thur., May 2||Game 4 – Boston at Columbus||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., May 2||Game 4 – San Jose at Colorado||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Fri., May 3||Game 4 – N.Y. Islanders at Carolina||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
NBC SPORTS BOSTON AND NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE OF BRUINS’ AND SHARKS’ SERIES
NBC Sports Boston and NBC Sports California will provide comprehensive local multi-platform coverage for the Boston Bruins’ and San Jose Sharks’ Second Round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
NBC Sports Boston will offer live post-game shows and analysis throughout the Bruins-Blue Jackets Second Round series. Michael Felger, along with former NHL player Tony Amonte and U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic Gold Medalist Meghan Duggan will headline postgame coverage. NBCSB Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty will weigh in from on-site at the arena throughout the series. NBCSB’s daily programming, including Early Edition, Boston Sports Tonight, and simulcasts of The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand & Felger and Mazz Shows will also provide in-depth coverage throughout the series. The My Teams app will offer the postgame show streamed live as well as additional extensive Bruins coverage.
NBC Sports California’s comprehensive coverage of Sharks-Avalanche is highlighted by live game-day coverage on Sharks Playoff Live and Sharks Morning Skate. Sharks Playoff Live will provide viewers with analysis and interviews before and after every game. Sharks Morning Skate – a live multiplatform game-day show hosted by Sharks announcers and analysts – will be presented throughout the Sharks-Avalanche series on Facebook Live. The shows will be anchored by 13-time regional Emmy Award-winner Brodie Brazil, 12-year NHL veteran Curtis Brown and former Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi (home games), with additional analysis provided by the Sharks broadcast team: Randy Hahn, Jamie Baker and Bret Hedican.
NBCSPORTS.COM STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HUB SERVES AS HOME FOR SCORES, SCHEDULES AND HIGHLIGHTS
The Stanley Cup Playoff Hub on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will be the home for everything fans need to know about the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Stanley Cup Playoff Hub will feature up-to-the-minute scores, updated schedules, and highlights following the conclusion of each game.
In addition, ProHockeyTalk on NBCSports.com will provide previews and recaps throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. ProHockeyTalk writers Sean Leahy, James O’Brien, Adam Gretz and Scott Billeck will deliver comprehensive coverage for the postseason. Following each night’s games, The Buzzer will recap the action and top moments of the evening around the league. Each morning, The Wraparound will set the table for that night’s slate of games.
STREAMING COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 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.
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