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Monday, May 3rd, 2021
NBC SPORTS’ “PUSH FOR THE PLAYOFFS” HEATS UP WHEN WASHINGTON CAPITALS FACE OFF AGAINST NEW YORK RANGERS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY THIS WEEK
Wednesday Night Doubleheader on NBCSN – Capitals-Rangers at 7 p.m. ET; Avalanche vs. Sharks at 9:30 p.m. ET
Bruins Host Rangers in East Division Battles Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
Tonight – West Division-Leading Golden Knights Face Wild at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 3, 2021 – Nicklas Backstrom and the Washington Capitals, who are battling for the top spot in the East Division, face Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers on this week’s edition of Wednesday Night Hockey at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as NBC Sports’ “Push for the Playoffs” continues this week with a Wednesday night doubleheader. Wednesday’s nightcap features Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche in a West Division matchup against Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Brad Marchand and the surging Boston Bruins face Panarin and the Rangers twice this week with East Division playoff ramifications on the line: Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. The Bruins, on the verge of clinching a playoff berth, have won six straight home games and eight of their last 10 games overall.
This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Mark Stone and the West Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights play Calder Trophy contender Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild. Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is currently tied for third place on the NHL’s all-time wins list with Roberto Luongo (489) and will move into sole possession of second place with his next victory.
HOW TO WATCH
- TV – NBC, NBCSN
- Streaming – NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com
|Mon., May 3||NHL Live||Kathryn Tappen, Anson Carter, Dominic Moore||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Vegas vs. Minnesota^||John Forslund, AJ Mleczko||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NHL Overtime||Kathryn Tappen, Anson Carter, Dominic Moore||10:45 p.m.*||NBCSN|
|Tues., May 4||NHL Live||Ahmed Fareed, Patrick Sharp, Anson Carter||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia^||John Walton, Dominic Moore||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NHL Overtime||Ahmed Fareed, Patrick Sharp, Anson Carter||9:45 p.m.*||NBCSN|
|Wed., May 5||NHL Live||Liam McHugh, Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Washington vs. N.Y. Rangers^||Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Colorado vs. San Jose^||Randy Hahn, Bret Hedican||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NHL Overtime||Liam McHugh, Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp||12 a.m.*||NBCSN|
|Thurs., May 6||NHL Live||Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Dominic Moore||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|N.Y. Rangers vs. Boston^||John Forslund, Pierre McGuire||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NHL Overtime||Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Dominic Moore||9:45 p.m.*||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 8||N.Y. Rangers vs. Boston#||Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher||3 p.m.||NBC|
|Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh#||John Forslund, Pierre McGuire||3 p.m.||NBC|
*Immediately following game coverage
^Blacked out in local markets: Las Vegas, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, Colorado, New York City (Thursday, May 6), Boston (Thursday, May 6)
#Only New York City and Boston markets will receive coverage of Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh
HOCKEY CULTURE SEASON TWO
The past two winners of the NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, Dampy Brar and Rico Phillips, joined NHL on NBC analyst Anson Carter for a conversation about their passion for uniting communities to help fight racism in hockey, and the impact of winning the prestigious award, on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ Hockey Culture.
The conversation is available now on Hockey Culture’s dedicated YouTube Channel and below are highlights:
Phillips on the impact of the Flint Inner City Youth Hockey Program: “It’s an incredible cultural breakthrough. When they get on the ice, the barriers get broke down and it’s one of the most beautiful things you can witness — the collaboration of communities coming together.”
Brar on the impact of APNA Hockey: “APNA Hockey is about connecting hockey communities together…bringing everyone together and bringing us all as one. We can speak against racism, but we want to be able to connect and educate people.”
OUR LINE STARTS
NHL on NBC analysts Keith Jones and Anson Carter joined NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen to reflect on Andrew Shaw’s career, and discuss the playoff races in the East and Central Divisions, on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ NHL weekly podcast, Our Line Starts.
OFF THE ICE
On the latest episode of Off the Ice with Kathryn Tappen, Ryan O’Reilly shares his affinity for music and playing the guitar, and what it was like to meet Blues superfan Jon Hamm for the first time.
2020-21 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC SPORTS
NBC Sports is scheduled to present roughly 100 games featuring all 31 teams on NBC and NBCSN during the 2020-21 NHL regular-season, including a record 16 regular-season games on the NBC broadcast network. Click here for more info.