NBC’s Final Sunday Game of the Week of the Season Press Release

DETROIT MEETS CONFERENCE RIVAL CHICAGO IN NHL “GAME OF THE WEEK,” SUNDAY ON NBC

“They are a model franchise.” – NBC’s McGuire on Detroit

NBC’s Emrick Receives Sports Emmy Nomination

NEW YORK – April 8, 2009 – The defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks in the NHL “Game of the Week,” Sunday, 2 p.m. ET on NBC, on the final day of the NHL regular season. Hockey Hall of Famer 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 the United Center. Emrick last week received his second consecutive Sports Emmy nomination for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play. 

The Blackhawks qualified for the playoffs for the first time in seven years and stand in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Red Wings rank second in the conference assuring them of home ice advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs. The teams last met on NBC on New Year’s Day in the NHL Winter Classic from Wrigley Field, a 6-4 Detroit victory. 

MCGUIRE ON RED WINGS: “They are still the gold standard in terms of their team play and their skill level. They are a model franchise. The big question for them, as it’s been all year, is what’s going on with their goaltending.” 

ON MARIAN HOSSA OF THE RED WINGS: 
MCGUIRE: “A great young man and a special player.” 

MILBURY: “He’s got to hoist the Cup to make it a successful season but you have to admire him for giving up a lot of cash to join Detroit.” 

OLCZYK ON THE BLACKHAWKS: “Chicago got a taste of the pressure last year when they came so close. I think that will help them more than people think. They’ve learned how to win. [Nikolai] Khabibulin has been stellar all year and he’s been through this before. I think they’ll go as far as he takes them.” 

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT NBC’S COVERAGE: 
ON EMRICK: 
NY Daily News: “The top spot among hockey broadcasters.” 

NY Post: “His dead-on descriptions, devoted application of history and superb sense of all moments are superior in the chronicles of any form of live broadcasting.” 

ON MILBURY: 
Boston Globe: “Never shy with an opinion…a quote machine.” 

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Pierre McGuire’s verbal sparring with Milbury has been nothing short of classic theater.” 

NY Daily News: “Mike Milbury has brought reality — and a sharp edge — to the Peacock’s NHL studio. He also has displayed something many analysts — in all sports — lack: guts.” 

ON MCGUIRE: 
Toronto Sun: “Excels as an ice-level analyst.” 

Newsday: “A bundle of energy and a born schmoozer.” 

ON THE INSIDE-THE-GLASS POSITION CREATED BY NBC PRODUCER SAM FLOOD: 
Newsday: “Innovative…now widely copied.” 

Toronto Sun: “One of the best recent innovations in hockey telecasts.” 

ON NBC SPORTS’ COVERAGE: 
ESPN.com: “The NHL has never looked or sounded better in its free, on-the-air history.” 

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. 

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC: NBC Sports’ coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins next weekend with coverage of the Conference Quarterfinals. NBC will broadcast weekend games throughout the postseason and up to five Stanley Cup Final games (Games 1, 2, 5, 6 & 7).

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