FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 25th, 2020
2020 STANLEY CUP FINAL GAMES 4 AND 5 – TONIGHT AND SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
Pre-Game Coverage Begins Tonight with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Stanley Cup Final Game 5 – Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC
Tampa Bay Lightning Lead Dallas Stars in Series 2-1; Lightning Can Win Stanley Cup with Victories Tonight and Saturday
WWE Superstar and Lightning Fan Titus O’Neil Featured on Special Stanley Cup Final Episode of Anson Carter’s Hockey Culture
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 25, 2020 – The 2020 Stanley Cup Final between the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning continues with exclusive coverage on NBC of Games 4 and 5 tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Tonight’s pre-game coverage begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. All Stanley Cup Final games are taking place at Rogers Place in the NHL bubble in Edmonton, Alberta.
Eight-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick will handle play-by-play duties for Games 4 and 5 alongside U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst). Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire will provide reports and player interviews throughout the game.
Kathryn Tappen will host studio coverage throughout the weekend alongside studio analysts Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp.
With a 2-1 series lead, Tampa Bay can win the franchise’s second Stanley Cup with victories tonight and Saturday. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos returned from injury for his first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and scored on his very first shot in the opening period, as Tampa Bay defeated Dallas 5-2 on Wednesday.
Highlighted quotes from the matchup are below. Click here for full notes and quotes from Game 3.
Emrick on Tampa Bay C Steven Stamkos’ goal: “My goodness, right out of a storybook…First game. First shot. First goal.”
Emrick on the Lightning: “Inspired by the return of their captain, they have taken a lead in the series, two games to one…they have talked during these playoffs about how (Steven) Stamkos had inspired them just by being in the dressing room in civilian clothes, and then how it was so much fun to see him on the ice in skates in practice. But now, on the ice in skates – though briefly – scoring a goal on his first shot.”
Jones on the Lightning: “What impresses me the most is the way they reacted when (Steven) Stamkos could no longer participate in the game. He obviously was a big factor in the first period, scored the goal, but that can deflate a team when a guy’s unavailable when the second period rolls around…their depth really came to the forefront and their star players were outstanding.”
Olczyk on importance of capitalizing on momentum: “(The Stars) weren’t able to capitalize when they had the momentum. When you have it, you’ve got to do something with it. You saw it in the second period when Tampa had all of the momentum and put a crooked number on the board.”
WWE superstar and Tampa Bay Lightning fan Titus O’Neil joined Anson Carter on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ Hockey Culture, an initiative led by Carter, dedicated to bringing equality and inclusion to the sport of hockey. O’Neil and Carter discussed a number of topics, including how O’Neil became a fan of the Lightning, his childhood and the impact he has made in the local Tampa community. Below is a highlighted quote from the conversation:
O’Neil on what his work in the local Tampa community means to him: “Being able to have a place where people can grow, learn and have pride in…there should be some sort of culture set…there’s so many elements that can happen with change, but the biggest thing we’ve seen is that there are so many partners in this community that care and want to see the work done.”
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Senior Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs, Kim Davis, joined Carter for a conversation on diversity and inclusion in hockey earlier this week. For notable quotes from the Hockey Culture episode, click here.
Following is the weekend’s Stanley Cup Final schedule:
|Fri., Sept. 25||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.||Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Anson Carter, Patrick Sharp|
|Game 4 – Tampa Bay vs. Dallas||NBC||8 p.m.||Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher, Pierre McGuire|
|Sat., Sept. 26||Game 5 – Dallas vs. Tampa Bay||NBC||8 p.m.||Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher, Pierre McGuire|
NBC SPORTS RADIO STANLEY CUP FINAL BROADCAST DETAILS
In conjunction with Westwood One, NBC Sports Radio will broadcast every game of the Stanley Cup Final. Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti will call the Cup Final, while Steve Goldstein will serve as host during pre- and post-game and intermissions.
2020 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
|Fri., Sept. 25||Game 4 – Tampa Bay vs. Dallas||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Sat., Sept. 26||Game 5 – Dallas vs. Tampa Bay||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Mon., Sept. 28||Game 6 – Tampa Bay vs. Dallas*||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Wed., Sept. 30||Game 7 – Dallas vs. Tampa Bay*||NBC||8 p.m.|
* If Necessary