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Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
NEW YORK ISLANDERS AND VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS CAN ADVANCE TO 2020 NHL CONFERENCE FINALS IN GAME 6 DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT ON NBCSN
(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (6) New York Islanders Game 6 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Islanders Lead Series 3-2
(1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (5) Vancouver Canucks Game 6 at 9:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Golden Knights Lead Series 3-2
Hockey Culture Interview with Harnarayan Singh of Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Available Now
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 3, 2020 – NBC Sports presents exclusive Stanley Cup Second Round coverage of a Game 6 doubleheader tonight on NBCSN, beginning with the (6) New York Islanders facing off against the (1) Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and concluding with the (1) Vegas Golden Knights against the (5) Vancouver Canucks at 9:45 p.m. ET. NHL Live begins the night’s coverage at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
On Tuesday in Game 5, the Flyers extended the series on Scott Laughton’s game-winning overtime goal for the 4-3 win. With a victory tonight, the Islanders will advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1993, while the Flyers will look to force a decisive Game 7. In his first Stanley Cup Playoff start, Thatcher Demko recorded 42 saves to help the Canucks fight off elimination and defeat the Golden Knights 2-1 in Game 5 on Tuesday night. With a win, Vegas would advance to the Western Conference Final for the second time in its three-season history, while the Canucks would force a Game 7.
John Forslund (play-by-play), Keith Jones (analyst) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will call Islanders-Flyers. In the nightcap, Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call of Golden Knights-Canucks from Rogers Place in the NHL bubble in Edmonton, Alberta.
Liam McHugh will host tonight’s studio coverage alongside studio analysts Keith Jones and Anson Carter.
Earlier this week, Hockey Culture released an interview with Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi commentator Harnarayan Singh as part of the initiative, led by Carter, dedicated to bringing equality and inclusion to the sport of hockey. Among the topics that Singh and Carter discussed were Singh’s Sikh and Canadian heritage and fighting prejudice to pursue his dream job as a hockey commentator. Highlighted quotes from the conversation are below:
Harnarayan Singh on hockey’s impact growing up as a kid in Alberta: “It became a conversation starter. I don’t think I knew it at the time, but eventually…all my relationships and rapport with my teachers and classmates, I really feel that my situation would have been drastically different had it not been for the game of hockey.”
Singh on his dream job of becoming a hockey commentator: “I told people this was my dream…as I grew up, there were so many different situations where people would caution me and say ‘Harnarayan, you have to be realistic, nobody looks like you on TV, the chances of you getting on TV are so slim’…I’m so grateful and I feel so blessed and lucky to say that it happened for me. Despite a ton of obstacles and what I went through in childhood in terms of racism and bullying, I also received a lot of support.”
Singh on recent efforts to promote inclusion in the sport of hockey: “Everything matters and it is so important to relay the message that we are all one. Humanity is together. It doesn’t matter how we look on the outside, on the inside, we’re all the same species.”
Hockey Culture also currently features the following interviews:
- Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves
- Washington Capitals reporter for The Athletic Tarik El-Bashir
- Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse
- Minnesota Wild forward J.T. Brown
- Arizona Coyotes President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez
Tonight’s NHL schedule on NBCSN is below:
|Thurs., Sept. 3||NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.||Liam McHugh, Keith Jones, Anson Carter|
|Game 6 – (1) Philadelphia vs. (6) N.Y. Islanders||NBCSN||7 p.m.||John Forslund, Keith Jones, Brian Boucher|
|Game 6 – (1) Vegas vs. (5) Vancouver||NBCSN||9:45 p.m.||Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire|