We have the press release from NBC Sports in regards to NHL Conference Finals Games 1 & 2. The Western Conference Finals will begin on Sunday on NBC Sports Network and TSN. The Eastern Conference Finals begin Monday night on NBCSN and CBC. The matchup will be determined after Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
We know that NBC and NBC Sports Network will share the Conference Finals in the US.
In Canada, CBC has the entire Eastern Conference Finals. TSN will have Games 1-3 of the Western Conference Finals and then CBC will take over from Games 4 through 7.
We have three press releases in this post. We’ll begin with NBC Sports Network discussing its coverage of the Conference Finals.
CAPITALS-RANGERS GAME 7 SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK
DAY 30 – 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
NEW YORK – May 10, 2012 – Day 30 – The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues Saturday night with an Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 7, and Sunday night with the first game of the Western Conference Final.
CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE
The NHL announced the schedule for the first two games of both the Western and Eastern Conference Finals today. In the West, the #3 Phoenix Coyotes host the #8 Los Angeles Kings on Sunday and Tuesday nights. In the East, the #6 New Jersey Devils await the winner of the #1 New York Rangers and #7 Washington Capitals series. The Eastern Conference Final will begin on Monday night. (all times ET and subject to change)
8 p.m., Sunday, May 13 #8 Los Angeles Kings @ #3 Phoenix Coyotes (Game 1) NBCSN 8 p.m., Monday, May 14 Eastern Conference Final (Game1) NBCSN 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 #8 Los Angeles Kings @ #3 Phoenix Coyotes (Game 2) NBCSN 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 Eastern Conference Final (Game 2) NBCSN
The #1 New York Rangers host the #7 Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their series at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night on NBC Sports Network. With the series tied 3-3, both teams fight to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win. Neither team has won two consecutive games in this series. Five of the series’ six games have been decided by one goal with two ending in overtime. Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the game. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with NHL Live on NBC Sports Network.
“THE SPRING OF DOC”
In May 14th’s issue of Sports Illustrated, Michael Farber writes: “Thirty-nine one-goal games, 20 decided in OT, three Game 7s: Nobody captures the drama of NHL Spring quite like the erudite Mike Emrick… This is the spring of Doc… He surely is among the most remarkable working in any sport. Emrick is a hybrid. He uses his voice like an instrument, modulating it to impute significance to a moment in the manner of classic old-school announcers… Beyond tracking the puck from Player A to Player B, he marbles his calls with information and pertinent digression and wry humor, which makes him as fresh as some of the other leading practitioners of hockey’s modern style.”
With all 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games airing nationally for the first time and the Conference Semifinals being carried exclusively on either NBC, NBC Sports Network or CNBC, the NBC Sports Group created a channel finder to help fans find those channels in their area by simply entering a zip code.
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COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
Comcast SportsNet, the local home for the Capitals, will closely follow hometown team playoff progress with pre- and post-game coverage, breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run. CSN Mid-Atlantic will have one-hour Capitals Postgame Live shows for all Capitals games in the second round. It will also have extensive coverage online.
GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR
For the first time in the 95-year history of the NHL, every Stanley Cup Playoff game will be televised nationally. The NBC Sports Group will provide unprecedented access to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in April, May and June, televising as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 262.5 hours of programming. Games will be presented on NBC, the NBC Sports Network, the NHL Network, and NBCUniversal’s business channel CNBC in primetime.
NBC Sports Network Forty* CNBC Thirteen NBC Ten NHL Network Six
* Includes Devils-Panthers Conference Quarterfinal Game 7 that was joined in progress
That’s it for the NBC press release. A jump break and then the Canadian TV press releases.
Let’s move to TSN and what it’s saying about the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes.
TSN’s Third Round coverage begins Sunday, May 13 with Los Angeles @ Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. ET
TSN recaps the Conference Semifinals with its 2ND ROUND IN 30 MINUTES show on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET leading in to Game 1 of the Coyotes-Kings series
Toronto, ON (May 10, 2012) – The Western Conference Final takes centre stage on TSN, as Canada’s Sports Leader has the first three games of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS Third Round series featuring the Phoenix Coyotes taking on the L.A. Kings.
TSN’s coverage of the Third Round gets underway on Sunday, May 13 with Game 1: Los Angeles @ Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. ET (see below for complete broadcast schedule). Featured in the broadcast booth for TSN are play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Ray Ferraro.
Games are also available live nationally on TSN Mobile TV.
NHL ON TSN host James Duthie is in the TSN studio for pre-game shows and intermissions, alongside Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, and analysts Aaron Ward and Marc Crawford.
Complementing the network’s live NHL playoff games, TSN features comprehensive coverage of both the Eastern and Western Conference Final series across all of its platforms and programs, including SPORTSCENTRE, THAT’S HOCKEY, THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG and TSN THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE, plus Canada’s industry-leading sports website TSN.ca and its related apps for BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad.
TSN also takes a look back at the Second Round of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS with its 2ND ROUND IN 30 MINUTES show on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET leading in to live coverage of the Coyotes-Kings series.
TSN’s broadcast schedule for the Third Round of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS is as follows:
Phoenix vs. Los Angeles
• Game 1: Los Angeles @ Phoenix – Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET
• Game 2: Los Angeles @ Phoenix – Tuesday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET
• Game 3: Phoenix @ Los Angeles – TBD
And to CBC’s press release on its coverage.
CBC’s coverage begins Monday, May 14 and includes exclusive coverage of all potential series-deciding games of the Western Conference Final
With one game remaining to decide the last of the four teams left to fight for the Stanley Cup, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA is looking ahead to its coverage of the first two games of the Conference Final round. The winner of Saturday night’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals will face the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Final, while the Los Angeles Kings take on the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Final, with berths in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final on the line. Live coverage is available on CBC-TV and streaming online at CBCSports.ca.
“With another Game 7 on the horizon, excitement continues to build from coast to coast with amazing team and player storylines being written each night live on CBC,” said Julie Bristow, CBC’s Executive Director or Studio and Unscripted Programming. “A whole host of homegrown hockey heroes are still in the hunt for the Cup, and the NHL playoffs on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada continues to give fans plenty of reasons to cheer.”
The action gets underway on CBC with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET where rookie phenom Adam Henrique, veteran netminder Martin Brodeur and the rest of the Devils will either travel to New York to take on Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers, or they’ll play host to another rookie sensation in Braden Holtby, NHL superstar Alex Ovechkin and their Washington Capitals. Jim Hughson provides play-by-play for the series with analyst Craig Simpson joining him in the broadcast booth while Glenn Healy provides additional analysis from between the benches with Elliotte Friedman reporting from rinkside.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA also has coverage of all of the potential series-deciding games of the Western Conference Final, beginning with Game 4. This matchup features two of the NHL’s hottest goaltenders in Kingston, ON’s Mike Smith for the Coyotes going head-to-head with the Kings’ Vezina Trophy finalist, Jonathan Quick. Play-by-play for this series will be handled by Bob Cole alongside analyst Garry Galley with Scott Oake providing rinkside reports.
Each night during the Conference Finals, Ron MacLean hosts CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs along with Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock, providing insight and analysis for all of the Conference Semifinal games. Don Cherry and Coach’s Corner returns in the first intermission while the second intermission features the Hot Stove and Andi Petrillo at the I-Desk.
Viewers on the go can download the Hockey Night in Canada mobile app providing instant access to news, analysis and game highlights. The ultimate “second screen” experience, Hockey Night Playoff Pulse, captures the heartbeat of a nation through in-game polls, pools and near-live access to the best three minutes from every game.
Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SiriusXM hosted Gord Stellick continues Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. ET on channel 157. Show podcasts are also available for download from the iTunes Store.
Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi presented by Chevrolet continues with Harnarayan Singh handling play-by-play duties for Round Two with coverage of the Eastern Conference Final. The Punjabi broadcasts will be available on Rogers Cable channel 799, Shaw Digital TV channel 328, Shaw Direct classic channel 480 and advanced channel 429, TELUS Optik TV channel 131 and on Bell TV and FIBE TV channel 232 and will also be streamed live and on-demand on CBCSports.ca.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA: 2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
ROUND THREE – CONFERENCE FINALS BROADCAST SCHEDULE
All series best of seven. Schedule subject to change
If the New York Rangers advance:
NEW YORK RANGERS (#1) VS. NEW JERSEY DEVILS (#6)
Game 1 – New Jersey @ New York, Monday, May 14 @ 8 p.m. ET, FULL NETWORK
Game 2 – New Jersey @ New York, Wednesday, May 16 @ 8 p.m. ET, FULL NETWORK
If the Washington Capitals advance:
NEW YORK JERSEY DEVILS (#6) VS. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (#7)
Game 1 – Washington @ New Jersey, Monday, May 14 @ 8 p.m. ET, FULL NETWORK
Game 2 – Washington @ New Jersey, Wednesday, May 16 @ 8 p.m. ET, FULL NETWORK
That is all.