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Sidney Crosby, Kimmo Timonen

NHL on NBC: Penguins-Flyers, Kings-‘Hawks highlight opening day broadcast


NBC will kick off its broadcast coverage of the NHL season with a pair of tantalizing matchups on opening day — the Philadelphia Flyers will take on in-state rivals Pittsburgh in one game, while the defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the other.

Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 19 with NHL Live — programming will include the Kings’ banner raising, celebrating the first Cup win in franchise history.

Following the ceremony, NBC will offer regional coverage of either LA-Chicago (puck drop at 3:25 p.m. ET) or Pittsburgh-Philly (3:35 p.m. ET).

Both games promise to be explosive affairs.

The Penguins-Flyers rivalry was arguably the league’s fiercest a year ago, culminating with an epic opening-round playoff series in which Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh in six games.

The teams combined for 56 goals, 309 penalty minutes and three suspensions totaling six games.

The Kings-‘Hawks game should be equally compelling. Both are elite Western Conference teams, and the game will also hold special significance as it pits two of the last three Stanley Cup champions against each other.

LA won its season series with Chicago a year ago by going 2-1-1, winning both games at the Staples Center.

Here are Thursday’s Game 7 times for New York-Ottawa and Florida-New Jersey

Sens Rangers

Here’s everything you need to know — television and start time-wise, anyway — for what promises to be a nail-biting night of NHL playoff action on Thursday.

New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

— Puck drop at 7 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden.

— Game can be seen on NBC Sports Network.

Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils

— Puck drop at 8:30 p.m. ET from the BankAtlantic Center in Florida.

— Game can be seen on NHL Network to start; will be joined in progress by NBC Sports Network following the conclusion of Rangers-Senators.


— This will be the second time in four years the Rangers have gone to Game 7 in the opening round. In 2008-09, the Blueshirts lost to Washington on a late goal from Sergei Fedorov. Interestingly, only six players from that team are still with the Rangers: Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist.

— Ottawa hasn’t played a Game 7 since before the lockout. But prior to the lockout, the Sens were one of the least successful Game 7 teams around, losing to Toronto in 2002, New Jersey in 2003 and Toronto again in 2004.

— If there’s a team with a decided Game 7 advantage, it’s New Jersey. Martin Brodeur has a wealth of experience in these situations — Thursday will be his 10th Game 7 — and he’s 3-1 in his last four.

— The Panthers have played one Game 7 in franchise history: The 1996 Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh. In that game, Tom Fitzgerald, Johan Garpenlov and Mike Hough scored the goals in a 3-1 victory while John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 39 of 40 shots.

NHL on NBC: Boston, Washington tangle in Game 2

Ovi Seidenberg

The list of things Boston and Washington want to accomplish on Saturday is pretty simple.

For the Bruins, it’s get a win — doesn’t matter how — and put a 2-0 stranglehold on the series.

For the Caps, it’s score a goal — also, doesn’t matter how — and try to capture home ice advantage.

Those are the predominant storylines heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal, to be played at Boston’s TD Garden (3 p.m. ET, NBC). For the Bruins, Game 1 was a solid home-ice effort as they played tight defensively (allowing just 17 shots, all stopped by Tim Thomas), set a physical tone and made a concerted effort to silence Alexander Ovechkin.

For the Capitals…the loss actually wasn’t so bad.

“We know Boston is a good, physical team and we were ready to match their intensity and physical play,” forward Jay Beagle told Washington Post. “We didn’t win, but there’s no intimidation there.

“We know we can play with them.”

The Capitals were pleased after going into a tough environment, playing the defending Stanley Cup champs hard and taking them to overtime. While the lack of goalscoring is a problem — “we just have to stay focused [on the offense],” Ovechkin said — the team felt confident in its ability to trade punches with the Bruins.

“Even strength, it was an even battle both ways through the whole thing,” head coach Dale Hunter said. “Until an overtime goal, it was pretty much even at even strength. Power-play time, they did have some more scoring chances because they had more power-play time.

“But as far as even strength, it was pretty even out there.”

Game 2 Notes:

According to Japers’ Rink, Zdeno Chara was on for 90 percent of Ovechkin’s even strength ice time in Game 1. The most time Ovechkin was on the ice without Chara at even strength? Twenty-three seconds.

— David Krejci didn’t practice Friday after being hit on the head with a pane of glass celebrating Chris Kelly’s OT winner, but said he felt fine and should be good to play on Saturday.

— Boston out-shot Washington 26-7 lead in shots after 40 minutes in Game 1. Ovechkin was held to just one shot for the entire contest.

— Both teams will be looking to get their power plays on track. The Caps went 2-for-24 to close out the regular season and 0-for-2 on Thursday. The Bruins went 2-for-21 down the stretch, and 0-for-4 in Game 1.