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Four Separate Rivalry Matchups Highlight NHL Coverage Across NBC and NBCSN


In-State Rival Flyers Visit Penguins in NHL Game of the Week Sunday at Noon ET on NBC, Followed by Red Wings-Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN


Bruins Face Canadiens on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; New Episode of NHL Rivals Airs Tonight at 10:30 p.m.


Coverage Begins Tonight with Ovechkin vs. Crosby, Capitals vs. Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN


Bob Costas One-On-One with Six-Time Stanley Cup Winner Ken Dryden on Costas Tonight  After Bruins-Canadiens & NHL Revealed


Stamford, Conn. – March 11, 2014 – Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby, the Battle of Pennsylvania, and the two most-played Original Six matchups in NHL history set the stage for “Rivalry Week” on NBC and NBCSN, highlighted by the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.


The Bruins enter their Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Canadiens riding a five-game winning streak, neck and neck with the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has won both meetings this season, including a 4-1 win in Boston on Jan. 30. The Bruins and Canadiens have played each other more times than any other two teams in NHL history, with 893 all-time regular-season and playoff meetings, including 33 playoff series.


Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.


Emrick, Olczyk, and McGuire will also be in Pittsburgh on Sunday for the NHL Game of the Week, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers at Noon ET on NBC. The Flyers boast a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games, and won their last meeting with the Penguins by a score of 2-1 on Nov. 13 earlier this season.


This week’s coverage starts tonight with a battle between two of the NHL’s biggest superstars, when Crosby and the Penguins host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Last night, Crosby recorded three points in the Penguins’ 3-2 victory against the Capitals, Pittsburgh’s seventh-straight victory over Washington, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.


This week’s coverage concludes Sunday with an Original Six matchup between former division foes, when Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings visit Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, in a historic rivalry dating back to 1926. Strader and Engblom will have the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.


NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, will air at 6:30 p.m. ET prior to Tuesday and Wednesday’s games, and will air prior to NBC and NBCSN’s NHL coverage on Sunday. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick.


Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tue., March 11 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  Washington at Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
  NHL Rivals – Bruins-Canadiens NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
  NHL Top 10 – Sochi Moments NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., March 12 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  Wednesday Night Rivalry – Boston at Montreal NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
  NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other NBCSN 10 p.m.
  NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (Encore) NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Thu., March 13 Costas Tonight: Ken Dryden NBCSN 12:30 a.m.
  NHL Rivals – Bruins-Canadiens (Encore) NBCSN 7 a.m.
  Boston at Montreal (Encore) NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
Sun., March 16 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBCSN Noon
  NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
  Detroit at Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.




This week’s episode of NHL Rivals, which debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET following Capitals-Penguins on NBCSN, features the rivalry between the Bruins and Canadiens, spanning more than 350 regular-season meetings and 33 playoff series. Highlights include what led to the “Brawl in the Hall”, Montreal’s domination of Boston for much of the 20th century, and how Bruins captain Zdeno Chara became public enemy No. 1 in Montreal. Following are excerpts from Bruins-Canadiens NHL Rivals:


Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber on history Bruins-Canadiens rivalry: “Through the prism of Montreal eyes, there’s a Manichean dialectic at work here – Montreal is good, Boston is evil.”


Former Canadien and NBC game analyst Brian Engblom on 1979 semifinal: “That series with the Bruins was just knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out, all the time…there was just venom in every shift.


Former Bruin and NBC studio analyst Mike Milbury on 1979 semifinal & rivalry: “There was no ‘pick the other guy up after a fight’…this was ‘spit on ‘em while he was down’…for many years, Boston was the weak sister, and Montreal was the mountain to climb.’”


Farber on Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty: “Montrealers view the Chara hit on Pacioretty as the dirtiest thing they’ve seen in decades.”


CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on Chara hit on Pacioretty: “You almost got that sense from the people in Montreal that they wanted to get out the pitchforks and the torches, and march right to the NHL offices – they wanted justice.”


Immediately following NHL Rivals, NBCSN will also present a new episode of NHL Top 10, featuring the top moments from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. NBCSN will also present the series finale of NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other on Wednesday, following Bruins-Canadiens.




One of the most successful goaltenders in NHL history, six-time Stanley Cup winner and former Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden sits down with 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas for the newest edition of Costas Tonight. Costas’ hour-long interview with Dryden airs at Thursday, March 13 at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.


Dryden won six Stanley Cups in his nine-year career with Montreal, tied for the most Stanley Cup victories by a goaltender in NHL history with former Montreal goalie Jacques Plante. In addition to his accomplishments on the ice with the Canadiens, Dryden served as a member of Parliament in Canada, was the color commentator at three Olympics, including the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” alongside Al Michaels, and authored numerous books, including The Game, which was recently re-released in a 30th anniversary edition. Following are excerpts from Costas’ conversation with Dryden:


Dryden on ability to attend law school in the midst of his NHL career: “Imagine that you come out of Cornell, and the Montreal Canadiens are the team that has drafted you…you say to them, ‘I’m not sure, I really want to go to law school, I guess this isn’t going to work out,’ so the first year it didn’t. Then we spoke again…here was the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens saying, ‘OK, let’s work it out.’ And it was Sam Pollock that allowed that approach…because if I had to make a choice at that time, it would have been law school, and I never would have played (in the NHL)…this gave uniqueness a chance.”


Dryden on selecting the best hockey player of all time, and importance of history in sports: “The greatest player is the best player when you were 10 years old. When Bobby Orr was 10 years old [watching hockey], Gordie Howe was ‘10 feet tall.’ Gordie Howe could shoot the puck ‘1,000 miles-per-hour.’ Gordie Howe could skate ‘100 miles-an-hour.’ Bobby Orr grows up to skate faster than Gordie Howe, but in his head, Gordie’s moving 100 miles an hour. The greatest players have a sense of history…the worst is when you have a superstar in any sport who doesn’t have a sense of history, who thinks the game began with them and will end with them…it’s awful, because there is a disrespect that comes through.”


Dryden on Canada’s gold-medal game victory over Team USA in 2010 Winter Olympics: “In Vancouver, one team wanted deeply, deeply to win. The other team needed to win.”


Dryden on success of 1972 Summit Series for Canada and Soviet Union: “What did the Soviets want? They wanted to win the series. What did they need? They needed to show that hockey could be played at the highest level in a different way. What did Canadians want? We wanted to win eight straight, 10-0 every game. What did we need? To win the series. We both ended up getting what we absolutely needed out of that series.”




NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream this week’s NHL coverage via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.


For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.


Games airing on:


  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.




NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.




NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

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