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Monday, April 27th, 2020
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS THREE TEAM USA OLYMPIC HOCKEY MATCHUPS THIS MONTH ON NBC
2010 Olympic Men’s Hockey Gold Medal Game Featuring Team USA vs. Canada Presented Sunday on NBC at 3 p.m. ET
NBC Sports From the Vault NHL Classics Headline Tomorrow’s Coverage at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBCSN to Present Opening Night of NHL Player Gaming Challenge on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET
Four Memorable “On This Date” in Playoff History Games on Hockey Happy Hour Monday-Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Roberto Luongo Joins Tonight’s Episode of NHL Hat Trick Trivia Hosted by P.K. Subban at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 27, 2020 – NBC Sports will present three Team USA Olympic hockey matchups on NBC throughout the month of May, beginning this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET with the 2010 Olympic men’s hockey gold medal overtime game featuring Team USA and Canada.
As part of the week-long NBC Sports From the Vault presentation on NBCSN, Tuesday’s coverage will feature classic NHL matchups beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Throughout the evening, all-time greats such as Bobby Orr, Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Wayne Gretzky, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Steve Yzerman will be showcased in historic NHL regular-season, All-Star and Stanley Cup Final matchups.
On Thursday, NBCSN will present the opening night of the NHL Player Gaming Challenge at 5 p.m. ET, featuring Calgary vs. Ottawa. The month-long initiative will pit NHL players from all 31 clubs facing off in EA Sports NHL 20. The competition kicks off with Matthew Tkachuk and Noah Hanifin representing the Flames against Brady Tkachuk of the Senators.
This week’s Hockey Happy Hour Monday-Thursday from 5-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN will feature memorable “on this date” games in playoff history. NBC Sports’ NHL commentators Eddie Olczyk, Mike Milbury and Anson Carter will make appearances throughout the week, providing their own “on this date” stories.
Tonight at 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN will present the third episode of NHL Hat Trick Trivia Hosted by P.K. Subban, when two-time Olympic gold medalist Roberto Luongo, among others, will join the show. Hosted by the New Jersey Devils defenseman, the show features fans answering a trio of hockey trivia questions from their homes, along with appearances from NHL players and celebrities, for the chance to win NHL prizes.
Programming will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
|Monday, April 27||NHL Hat Trick Trivia Hosted by P.K. Subban (Episode 3)||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Montreal vs. Boston (2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 7)||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tuesday, April 28||The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Pittsburgh vs. Washington (2016 Second Round, Game 1)||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Boston vs. Philadelphia (1974 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6)||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Pittsburgh vs. Washington (2006-07 Regular Season, Dec. 11, 2006)||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|1991 NHL All-Star Game||Midnight||NBCSN|
|#HockeyAtHome: Wayne Gretzky & Alex Ovechkin Interview (encore)||2 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Wednesday, April 29||#HockeyAtHome: NHL Fathers and Sons||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|New York Rangers vs. Ottawa (2017 Second Round, Game 2)||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thursday, April 30||NHL Player Gaming Challenge||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Minnesota vs. Colorado (2014 First Round, Game 7)||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sunday, May 3||2010 Olympics Men’s Gold Medal game: USA vs. Canada||3 p.m.||NBC|
*All times eastern
MONDAY, APRIL 27
NHL HAT TRICK TRIVIA HOSTED BY P.K. SUBBAN AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Roberto Luongo will join the third episode of NHL Hat Trick Trivia Hosted by P.K. Subban. Hosted by the New Jersey Devils defenseman, the show features fans answering a trio of hockey trivia questions from their homes, along with appearances from NHL players and celebrities, for the chance to win NHL prizes. Additional guests on the episode include Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, actors Michael Keaton and Jay Baruchel as well as NHL referee Wes McCauley.
CANADIENS-BRUINS (2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS, GAME 7) AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
On the way to a Stanley Cup victory, the Bruins defeated the rival Canadiens in overtime by a score of 4-3. On this day nine years ago, the win marked the first time that a team won a seven game playoff series despite being held scoreless on the power play.
Seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Darren Pang (analyst) had the call from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28
THE GREAT ONE VS. THE GREAT EIGHT SHOWCASE AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Wayne Gretzky faces off against Alex Ovechkin in an EA Sports NHL 20 series featuring themselves playing with the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals, respectively. The virtual matchup raised over $40,000 for COVID-19 relief.
PENGUINS-CAPITALS (2016 SECOND ROUND, GAME 1) AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This series marked the first time that Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin faced one another in the playoffs since 2009. First-year Capital T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick in overtime to give Washington a 4-3 win in the opening game of the Second Round, and an early series lead. However, the Penguins would win the series in six games en route to their first of back-to-back Stanley Cups.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) called the matchup from Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
During the broadcast, Mike Milbury reflects on scoring the game-winning goal as a Bruins rookie in Game 3 of Boston’s semifinal series against Philadelphia on April 28, 1977.
BRUINS-FLYERS (1974 STANLEY CUP FINAL, GAME 6) AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
In front of a raucous Philadelphia crowd, Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent recorded a 30-save shutout, helping Philadelphia win the game 1-0 to claim the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup championship. Parent was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
Throughout the matchup, Kathryn Tappen interviews the Hockey Hall of Famer Parent.
Tim Ryan (play-by-play) and Ted Lindsay (analyst) called the Stanley Cup matchup from The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pa.
PENGUINS-CAPITALS (DECEMBER 11, 2006) AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This regular-season matchup in 2006 marked the first NHL game featuring Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Evgeni Malkin. Crosby and the Penguins registered a four-goal comeback win, defeating the Capitals, 5-4, in a shootout.
Joe Beninati (play-by-play) and Daryl Reaugh (analyst) called the action from Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
1991 NHL ALL-STAR GAME AT MIDNIGHT ET ON NBCSN
The 1991 edition of the NHL All-Star Game featured hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, former Red Wings center Steve Yzerman and Vincent Damphousse of the Maple Leafs, who recorded four goals in the contest. The matchup was held two days following the beginning of Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War, and the patriotic presentation of the national anthem at Chicago Stadium is still remembered to this day.
Marv Albert (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Bill Clement (reporter) called the 1991 NHL All-Star Game at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Ill.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
#HOCKEYATHOME: NHL FATHERS AND SONS AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN will present a 30-minute program about NHL fathers and sons at 5 p.m. ET. The three father and son relationships featured in the program are:
- Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk and father, Louie
- New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux and father, Claude
- Brothers Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames) and Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa Senators) and their father, Keith
RANGERS-SENATORS (2017 SECOND ROUND, GAME 2) AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Three years to the day, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored four goals, including the double-overtime winner, to lead his hometown Senators over the Rangers, 6-5. Ottawa went on to win the series in six games to reach the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Boucher (analyst) called the matchup from Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
During the broadcast, Eddie Olczyk reflects on his final career playoff goal on April 29, 1998, as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
NHL PLAYER GAMING CHALLENGE AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN will present the opening night of the NHL Player Gaming Challenge at 5 p.m. ET, featuring Calgary vs. Ottawa. The month-long initiative will pit NHL players from all 31 clubs facing off against each other in EA Sports NHL 20. The competition kicks off on Thursday with Matthew Tkachuk and Noah Hanifin representing the Flames against Brady Tkachuk of the Senators.
WILD-AVALANCHE (2014 FIRST ROUND, GAME 7) AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Six years ago, Minnesota rallied to tie Colorado at four goals apiece in the third period. On the road, the Wild prevailed in overtime 5-4 on a game winning goal by Nino Niederreiter to advance to the Second Round to face the Blackhawks.
Forslund and Reaugh had the call from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.
During the broadcast, Anson Carter will look back at his double overtime game winning goal, assisted by Joe Thornton and Ray Bourque, that led the Bruins over the Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 30, 1999.
SUNDAY, MAY 3
USA-CANADA (2010 OLYMPICS MEN’S GOLD MEDAL GAME) AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC
Team USA and host-nation Canada clashed in the gold medal game at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. In the preliminary round of the tournament, the U.S. team beat Canada 5-3. In a thrilling gold medal matchup, the U.S. trailed by a goal with under a minute remaining before Zach Parise tied the game at two goals apiece. In the overtime period, Sidney Crosby netted the winning goal, to clinch the gold medal for Canada. The 2010 gold medal game stands as the most watched hockey broadcast since the historic 1980 Olympics.
Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire called the gold medal game from Canada Hockey Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.
During the broadcast, Liam McHugh will interview Parise, reflecting on the 2010 Olympics gold medal game.
The three Team USA Olympic hockey matchups that will air on NBC in May can be found below:
|Sunday, May 3||2010 Olympics Men’s Gold Medal game: USA vs. Canada||3 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 10||2018 Olympics Women’s Gold Medal game: USA vs. Canada||3 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 17||2014 Olympics Men’s preliminary round: USA vs. Russia||3 p.m.|