It’s a great day for college hockey and its fans as they will have more reasons to tune in on Friday nights throughout the season.
NBC announced they’ve struck a deal with the University of Notre Dame to carry Fighting Irish home games from Compton Family Ice Arena for the next three years.
This season alone will see NBCSN carry 20 games over the air, including 12 from Notre Dame. This season, the Fighting Irish moved into Hockey East which means heated games against classic college hockey stalwarts like Boston College, Boston University, and New Hampshire as well as rising programs in Providence College and UMass-Lowell.
Coverage begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET with Notre Dame hosting coach Andy Murray’s Western Michigan Broncos.
As for the full slate of games to be aired this season, here’s the schedule (all times Eastern):
- October 11 Western Michigan – Notre Dame 8 p.m.
- October 25 Massachusetts – Maine 8 p.m.
- November 1 Northeastern – Boston College 8 p.m.
- November 8 Minnesota – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- November 15 Merrimack – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- November 22 North Dakota – Boston University 7:30 p.m.
- December 6 Massachusetts – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- December 7 Massachusetts – Notre Dame 6:30 p.m.
- December 13 Colorado College – Wisconsin 7:30 p.m.
- January 10 Alabama Huntsville – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- January 17 Lake Superior State – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- January 18 Penn State – Michigan State 6:30 p.m.
- January 24 Northeastern – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- January 25 Northeastern – Notre Dame 7:00 p.m.
- January 31 Boston University – Massachusetts 7:30 p.m.
- February 1 Wisconsin – Michigan 6:30 p.m.
- February 7 Maine – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- February 8 Maine – Notre Dame 8 p.m.
- February 14 Boston University – New Hampshire 7 p.m.
- February 15 Wisconsin – Ohio State 8 p.m.
- February 21 Boston University – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
- March 1 Penn State – Minnesota TBD
Coverage doesn’t stop there as there will be eight games carried via NBC Sports Live Extra as well:
- October 18 Michigan Tech – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- November 9 Minnesota – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
- November 16 Merrimack – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
- November 29 Alabama Huntsville – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
- November 30 Shillelagh Tournament 7:30 p.m.
- January 11 Alabama Huntsville – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
- January 18 Lake Superior State – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
- February 22 Boston University – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
If you haven’t gotten to know coach Jeff Jackson’s Notre Dame squad before, you can get a crash course in that this season. The Fighting Irish are currently ranked eighth in the country in the USA Hockey/USA Today poll.
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Swedish superstars Henrik Lundqvist and Erik Karlsson were both stupendous in Game 1 between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.
Still, it was Karlsson’s game-winning goal (from a seemingly impossible angle) against Lundqvist that made the difference as the Senators beat the Rangers 2-1 on Thursday. With that, the Senators are up 1-0 in the series.
That Karlsson goal really deserves a special look.
Whether you blame that 2-1 tally on Lundqvist or not, the Rangers would be foolish to do anything but praise their red-hot franchise goalie. He stopped all 21 Senators shots in the first period and ultimately made 41 out of 43 stops in defeat.
Craig Anderson was strong in his own right, mind you. stopping 34 out of 35 shots (including all 28 at even-strength) to help Ottawa take that tight contest.
Anderson’s strong play highlights the fact that Rangers – Senators doesn’t merely come down to Lundqvist vs. Karlsson … but even so, both Swedish superstars really did stand out in this one.
Game 2 airs on NBC at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can also watch online and via the NBC Sports App; click here for the livestream link.
You have to love when sports deliver on – if not exceed – the hype.
The second period of Game 1 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals has been brilliant and nasty, possibly more than many hockey fans dreamed.
It began with the Penguins getting the big edge; Sidney Crosby scored two goals in the span of 52 seconds and Braden Holtby needed to make some tough stops to keep it at 2-0.
MORE: Video of Crosby’s hot start
That put a damper on the great crowd at the Verizon Center for a bit, but the Capitals ended up responding.
Part of that was a physical response, with Dmitry Orlov delivering a big hit on Tom Kuhnhackl and John Carlson absolutely leveling Evgeni Malkin. The narrative got almost too obvious moments later, as Alex Ovechkin fired a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 2-1.
Fleury made a tough stop or two of his own once it was 2-1, so while the pace is picking up, the two goalies seem like they’re alert to the challenge as well.
There was plenty of nastiness with 18.9 seconds remaining in the second, setting the stage for what could be a thrilling third period … and maybe more?
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins came roaring out of the gate to start the second period after a 0-0 opening frame against the Washington Capitals in Game 1.
Crosby scored two goals in just 52 seconds to give the Penguins a sudden 2-0 lead. One feels some pity for any fans who didn’t get to their seats just to start the frame … though in the likely event that they are Capitals fans, they might have been spared.
To Braden Holtby‘s credit, he made a couple tough saves moments later to keep it 2-0. It’s been a hectic first few minutes of the second after that relatively mundane first 20 minutes, so hang on tight.
Check out video above; you can also watch the pair of goals in the GIF combo below:
It doesn’t get much better than a player making the type of save you’d only expect from a goalie. OK, how about this: when it happens amid the high stakes of the Stanley Cup Playoffs?
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel had already been distinguishing himself with a red-hot scoring start to the postseason, but he made a big difference in a way that won’t show up in the box score (aside from maybe as a blocked shot) for Game 1 against the Washington Capitals.
In one of the few golden opportunities in a notably tight first period, Guentzel made a “kick save” to keep it 0-0. He also managed to avoid giving the Capitals a penalty shot in the process, so this was quite the effort from the impressive rookie.
Video will be added soon. Here’s the moment in GIF form first: