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NCAA Championship Game, 7PM, ESPN
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Gary Thorne
Color: Barry Melrose
Reporter: Clay Matvick 

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Toronto vs. Ottawa, 7PM, CBC Regional
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson 
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, 7PM, CBC/NHL Net
Play by Play:
Bob Cole
Color: Greg Millen
Reporter: Jeff Marek

Edmonton vs. Calgary, 10PM, CBC/NHL Net
Play by Play:
Mark Lee
Color: Marc Crawford
Reporter: Scott Oake 

Bruins Draw Best Ratings of the Season With Thursday Win Over Habs

And why wouldn’t it?  With stuff like that going on.

From Boston Sports Media Watch:

NESN’s coverage of last night’s Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens game earned a 4.7 average household rating in the Boston DMA. The rating is the highest Bruins game rating of the season (beating the 4.5 that NESN earned on Super Bowl Sunday –a game at Montreal) and the highest regular season Bruins game rating on NESN in over 14 years (2/11/1995 vs. Washington also did a 4.7). 

Last night’s game was the highest rated regular season Bruins game rating on any network since 10/2/1997 when WSBK-TV televised the season opener against the LA Kings and also received a 4.7 household rating.

NESN must be praying fairly hardcore for a Bruins-Habs first-rounder.  Even though we’re getting a little tired of it.  But if they promise to wear the barbershop jersey for all seven games, we’re cool with it.

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Oh Great, Another NHL Website Redesign (Actually, It’s Pretty Awesome)

Well, now we finally know what “The Portal” is, thanks to the AP’s Ira Podell:

NHL.com is getting its own extreme makeover for the postseason.

Starting Monday, one day after the end of the regular season and two before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL’s signature Web site will have a totally new look and feel through thePORTAL at NHL.com.

Regular users of the site will notice the changes, but will still be able access player profiles, stats and video clips, as always, but the new format will highlight vast playoff coverage up front.

“Everything is still there,” said Andre Mika, NHL senior vice president of broadband and new media. “All we’ve done is make it easier to get to strictly playoff content.”

Now, we were a little rude to the NHL with the headline, so let’s move on: this next thing sounds kind of awesome:

A greater in-depth video look will be provided the next day on key calls, with Murphy holding a video review online that will break down the process from the time the situation room is notified about a questionable call until a decision is handed down.

Those talks will be part of a daily online pregame show that will set up each night’s games, It will run on NHL.com from 4:30-6:30 EDT, and it can also be accessed online in whole or in parts on demand.

That sounds fairly sweet.  Good work by the NHL on continuing to push the envelope on the interwebs.