Your TV Guide and Open Thread For Night Nine of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs

 

This will appear every night to inform you of the TV networks and announcers that will be covering the games during the playoffs.  Enjoy all the local and national info, after the jump.

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Hockey Finally Beats Baseball in NY. Yay!

From Neil Best of Watchdog:

(BTW, Wednesday’s Rangers game averaged 2.86 percent of New York-area homes – the best rating for a Rangers game on MSG in 12 years. Mets-Cards averaged 2.57.)

Canadian TV’s 10 Most-Watched Playoff Games (As of Yesterday)

From Chris Zelkovich of The Star’s Sports Media Watch:

1. Canucks at Blues, Tuesday, CBC: 1,668,000

2. Canucks at Blues, Sunday, CBC: 1,625,000

3. Blues at Canucks, Friday, CBC: 1,323,000

4. Bruins at Canadiens, Monday, CBC: 1,248,000

5. Canadiens at Bruins, Saturday, CBC: 1,174,000

6. Blackhawks at Flames, Monday, TSN: 938,000

7. Flyers at Penguins, Friday, CBC: 784,000

8. Sharks at Ducks, Tuesday, CBC: 738,000

9. Flames at Blackhawks, Saturday, TSN: 727,000

10. Penguins at Flyers, Sunday, CBC: 722,000

NESN Has Highest-Rated Bruins Playoff Series Ever

BOSTON, MA – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, earned a 9.2 average household rating for the Boston Bruins four game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. This is the highest rated playoff series in NESN’s 25 year history. The 9.2 rating equals an average of 221,000 households in the Boston DMA.

NESN’s previous record rating for a playoff series was an 8.4 household rating, which the network earned during the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Canadiens, a series that went seven games.

“It’s remarkable that we have been able to set a new NESN playoff ratings record in only a four game series,” said NESN president Sean McGrail. ”Boston is proving that this is a hockey town that boasts some of the most loyal hockey fans in the NHL.”

NESN’s ratings for the four game series proved to be consistent, featuring the network’s third (9.5 – Game 2), fourth (9.4 – Game 1) and fifth (9.2 – Game 4) highest rated Bruins games of all time.

NESN’s ratings performance in the key demographic categories are up over 60% in almost every category vs. last year’s playoff coverage including Women 25-54 where the network is up 77% year over year. The network’s pre and post-game programs have also seen exceptional growth since last year’s first round playoff coverage with WB Mason Bruins Face-Off LIVE up 126% (2.7 HH) and Bruins Overtime LIVE presented by Ace Ticket.com up 81% (3.6 HH).

NESN now awaits the conclusion of the remaining Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series and a subsequent announcement from the NHL regarding the Eastern Conference Semifinal broadcast schedule. NESN will broadcast all the Bruins Eastern Conference Semifinal games not selected by the NHL’s national broadcast partners.

Universal Sports to Air World Championships in theStates

UNIVERSAL SPORTS 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 
4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S QUARTERFINAL 1 (same day) 
Site: Bern, Switzerland 
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S QUARTERFINAL 2 (same day) 
Site: Bern, Switzerland 

UNIVERSAL SPORTS 
THURSDAY, MAY 7 
4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S QUARTERFINAL 3 (same day) 
Site: Bern, Switzerland 
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S QUARTERFINAL 4 (same day) 
Site: Bern, Switzerland 

UNIVERSAL SPORTS 
FRIDAY, MAY 8 
4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S SEMI FINAL 1 (same day) 
Site: Bern, Switzerland 

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S SEMI FINAL 2 (same day) 
Site: Bern, Switzerland 

UNIVERSAL SPORTS 
SUNDAY, MAY 10 
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S BRONZE MEDAL (same day) 
Site: Bern, Switzerland 
2: 30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S GOLD MEDAL (live) 
Site: Bern, Switzerland 

Equal Time: The Pensblog Strikes Back

 

Credit: TPB

Credit: TPB

You know, this is gonna’ sound like a cop out, but once we write something about someone that’s less than complementary, we really leave it all out there.  We’re done with it.  We think the guys who write The Pensblog are real swell.  We’d love to hang out with them if they travel up to Jersey for the Devils-Penguins series in Round 2… in 2014 or so.

That said, they did go pretty low with their shot back at me in their post yesterday.  Talk about cheap:

PUCK THE MEDIA’s Steve Lepore says we have lost the battle with NBC.

 

No blog post about Steve losing the battle to male pattern baldness. wooo

Woah there, boys.  You can’t just attack a man’s hair like that.  Shit is out of line!  Oh well, what am I to do.  Only 14 people read my blog according to the C-Bloggers who flamed my own comments, so I’m left powerless against your mighty wits.

Anyway, now that that’s over, some of the inbreds over at The Pensbore made some good points.  Like “debrisslide” who made a point we certainly empathize with about being unable to afford playoff tickets:

I was there last year during the SCF, when NBC wasn’t douching people.
Aside from some people screaming obscenities at Wings fans, it was pretty family friendly and a great atmosphere, and is wonderful for all the fans to come together. If you find any YouTubes of it, the atmosphere is actually pretty electrifying.
Having it taken away sucks. I’m in college and I can’t afford to go to NHL playoff games inside the arena, and the screen was the next best thing. I was so excited to get off of school this summer and (provided the Pens make it deep in the playoffs) chill at the big screen with my friends and boyfriend. But deep in the playoffs means NBC, which means my fucking couch. It sucks. It’s such a great thing that the Pens organization does for its fans. Pensblog is right to try to raise hell about it, however unsuccessful their efforts and unrealistic their goals. We wouldn’t be the fanbase we are if they didn’t.

Well done, sir.  I’m a college student as well, and I understand wanting to be a part of a run while still maintaining my dirt poor-ness.  But I think “NNYPensFan” makes the ultimate point of the entire “war”:

We may not win the battle, or the war, but we have made our point. The NBC mailboxes have been filled to capacity and beyond with emails from The Pensblog voicing our displeasure over the change of heart by NBC. (They had no problem allowing the NBC games to be aired on the big screen last year.) If nothing else, have have inconvenienced them, as they did us.

Amen to you sir.  Thanks to all The Pensblog readers who rose our total readership up to 16 this week.  And thanks to those goofy homos over at the “The Pensblog Staff” for being fairly solid dudes about all of this.

Jimmy Fallon’s Twitter FAIL WHALE

Jimmy FallonjimmyfallonGreat time at Ranger game. Avery is a tough dude. They won 2-1! http://twitpic.com/3t4gf