Bruins-Rangers is Slightly More Interesting on NBC Now…

NEW YORK – March 5, 2009 – The New York Rangers, fighting for their playoff lives, host the Boston Bruins in the NHL Game of the Week, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, presented in high definition. Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury on site at Madison Square Garden. 

“It’s always heated when it’s Boston and New York,” said Milbury. “Whether it’s Yankees-Red Sox, Jets-Pats or Rangers-Bruins, it takes on more meaning. The fans don’t like each other and that often carries over to the players and the teams.” 

MCGUIRE ON RANGERS DEADLINE MOVES: “The jury’s out on these. I hope Derek Morris has more than he showed in Phoenix and [Nik] Antropov has always underachieved. I think [Petr] Prucha and [Nigel] Dawes have tremendous upside but if this helps the Rangers make the playoffs, then I’m all for it.” 

“ORIGINAL SIX” RIVALS: The “Original Six” rivalry between the Bruins and Rangers dates back more than 80 years, with the Rangers trailing in the all-time series, 237-278-97-2. Milbury was front and center for the rivalry when, in 1979, he followed his Bruins teammates into the stands at MSG during a brawl, and hit a fan with his own shoe. 

This is the third meeting of the season between the Rangers and Bruins. Five of the last seven meetings between the teams have gone to a shootout, including a 3-2 Ranger win at MSG in November. The Bruins won the last meeting in Boston 1-0. 

ARCHRIVALS FLYERS-RANGERS FLEXED INTO MARCH 15 “GAME OF THE WEEK”: The Sunday, March 15 contest between the New York Rangers and their longtime nemesis the Philadelphia Flyers has been selected for the “NHL Game of the Week” on NBC. Puck drop at Madison Square Garden is at 12:30 p.m. ET. 


NBCSPORTS.COM & NHL.COM PRESENT “STAR-CAM”: NBCSports.com and NHL.com will offer a “Star-cam” in conjunction with NBC broadcasts, which will follow one player on each team throughout each of his shifts. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present a post-game show with game highlights and highlights from “Star-cam” and “Net-cam,” along with analysis from McGuire and Milbury. 

FLEX SCHEDULING & CONSISTENT 12:30 PM ET START TIME: For the first time, “Game of the Week” broadcasts have a consistent start time – 12:30 p.m. ET on Sundays (except for April 12, 2 p.m. start time). For the second straight season, the NHL and NBC will utilize flex scheduling and will be able to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. Thirteen days prior to the scheduled games (on Mondays), NBC, in conjunction with the NHL, will select one of those games as the “Game of the Week” to be broadcast during the NBC window. The other games will remain available to the teams’ regional carrier but will not be televised during NBC’s broadcast window. 

NBC will also broadcast weekend games throughout the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and up to five Stanley Cup Final games (Games 1, 2, 5, 6 & 7). 

REMAINING 2009 NHL GAME OF THE WEEK REGULAR SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE 
(All Games Announced At Least 13 Days Prior) 

Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m. ET 
Boston @ New York Rangers 

Sunday, March 15, 12:30 p.m. ET 
Philadelphia @ New York Rangers 

Sunday, March 22, 12:30 p.m. ET 
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh 
New Jersey @ Boston 
Los Angeles @ Chicago 

Sunday, April 5, 12:30 p.m. ET 
Minnesota @ Detroit 
Pittsburgh @ Florida 
Atlanta @ Washington 

Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m. ET 
New York Rangers @ Philadelphia 
Detroit @ Chicago 
Boston @ New York Islanders 
St. Louis @ Colorado

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Steve Lepore is the Managing Editor of Puck the Media. His work has been featured in The Hockey News. Feel free to contact him at stevemlepore@gmail.com

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