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Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING AND NEW YORK ISLANDERS FACE OFF IN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 2 TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Lightning vs. Islanders Game 2 Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Lightning Lead Series 1-0

NHL Live Begins Coverage at 7 p.m. ET  

Western Conference Final Golden Knights vs. Stars Game 3 – Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Series Tied 1-1

Hockey Culture Interview with Arcadia University Head Coach Kelsey Koelzer Available Now

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 9, 2020 – NBC Sports presents exclusive coverage of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Pre-game coverage begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Lightning opened the series with a decisive 8-2 victory in Game 1 on Monday, buoyed by five points apiece from Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point. Tonight’s matchup will be NBC Sports’ 117th game broadcast in the past 40 days since the NHL restart on August 1.

John Forslund (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will call the matchup from Rogers Place in the NHL bubble in Edmonton, Alberta.

Kathryn Tappen will host tonight’s studio coverage alongside studio analysts Keith Jones and Anson Carter.

Yesterday, Hockey Culture debuted an interview with Arcadia University head coach Kelsey Koelzer, the first black female head coach in NCAA hockey history. Koelzer and Carter discussed her childhood experiences playing hockey, thoughts on how to increase inclusivity in the sport and the importance of female voices within all levels of hockey. Highlighted quotes from the conversation are below:

Kelsey Koelzer on biases she encountered growing up playing hockey: “The first obstacle that I ever faced in hockey was being a girl as opposed to being a black player. So that’s something that I faced right off the bat, whether it was parents, players or coaches. I did feel, at times, targeting that girls will feel on the ice playing against the boys…getting through the negative comments of ‘being a girl playing a boy sport’ helped me because by the time that I faced ‘being black in a white sport,’ I was really prepared and had such thick skin that nothing was going to stop me from reaching my goals.”

Koelzer on how to increase inclusivity within the sport: “Once you get to the top level of NHL and women’s professional hockey, it’s a little too late at that point. I really think there’s a huge importance to be put on grassroots level activations…I think the NHL has made a great start in trying to expose the game to as many different people as possible…there are a lot of programs, but a lot of it stems from exposure to the younger generation.”

Koelzer on the importance of female voices in hockey: “Being a female and minority player, you know I’ve had to endure a lot to get to where I am…I can hang with the best of them…that on top of the accomplishments on the ice, being humble and still learn, take in, offer different viewpoints, is something unique that you can get from a female voice.”

Hockey Culture also features, among others, the following interviews:

Following is tonight’s Eastern Conference Final Game 2 schedule:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET) Commentators
Wed., Sept. 9 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m. Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Anson Carter
  Game 2 – (6) N.Y. Islanders vs. (2) Tampa Bay NBCSN 8 p.m. John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher

 

ANSON CARTER AND PATRICK SHARP ON GOLDEN KNIGHTS-STARS GAME 2

Following last night’s 3-0 Vegas Golden Knights shutout victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final to tie the series 1-1, studio analysts Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp provided insight on Vegas’ performance:

Sharp on Vegas’ win in Game 2: “They answered a lot of questions, didn’t they? A lot of talk about them not being able to score goals, get to the Dallas net and the crease, well, that got answered pretty quickly. Give me a team that checks like Vegas and the goals will come…the way this team defends and smothers you in the offensive zone, it’s impressive to watch.”

Carter on Paul Stastny’s performance in Game 2: “He’s so underrated. We always talk about Mark Stone and William Karlsson, but Paul Stastny adds a lot of bounce to the Vegas Golden Knights offense…he can play anywhere and anytime on the ice and having a player with that versatility is very important.” 

NBC SPORTS RADIO STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

In conjunction with Westwood One, NBC Sports Radio will broadcast every remaining game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final. The following is NBC Sports Radio and Westwood One’s Conference Finals broadcast schedule through Sunday, Sept. 13:

Date Coverage Time (ET) Commentators
Wed., Sept. 9 Game 2 – N.Y. Islanders vs. Tampa Bay 7:45 p.m. Sam Rosen, Joe Micheletti
Thurs., Sept. 10 Game 3 – Vegas vs. Dallas 7:45 p.m. Alex Faust, Jim Fox
Fri., Sept. 11 Game 3 – Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders 7:45 p.m. Sam Rosen, Joe Micheletti
Sat., Sept. 12 Game 4 – Vegas vs. Dallas 8 p.m. Alex Faust, Jim Fox
Sun., Sept. 13 Game 4 – Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders 3 p.m. Sam Rosen, Joe Micheletti

 

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