Jimmy Dowd Continues to Rep Jersey Well


Pictured (L to R): Former NHLer Jim Dowd, Christopher Walken, and broadcaster Rob Simpson

Pictured (L to R): Former NHLer Jim Dowd, Christopher Walken, and broadcaster Rob Simpson


VERSUS Trumpets Best First-Round Numbers Ever

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 30, 2009)-VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), will continue its wall-to-wall coverage of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Conference Semifinals commence tonight.  The network begins its night of second-round action at 8:30 p.m. ET with Hockey Central followed by exclusive coverage of Game 1 in the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks series at 9 p.m. ET.  All of VERSUS’ NHL games are produced and presented in HD where available.  

During the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals, in which VERSUS aired 26 games, the network earned its most-watched first round ever.  As compared to year-ago figures from the opening postseason round, total viewership increased 23 percent while viewership for Men 18-49 (up 20%) and Men 25-54 (up 31%) also showed substantial growth.

 “The 2009 NHL playoffs on VERSUS got off to a tremendous start,” said Marc Fein, Executive Vice President of Programming, Production and Business Operations for VERSUS.  “There were upsets, sweeps and series that went the full seven games, proving that anything can happen at any moment during the postseason.  As we enter the second round there is no doubt that hockey fans will see even more terrific match-ups featuring exciting players as their quest to raise the coveted Stanley Cup continues.”  

In the Conference Semifinal round, VERSUS will air two exclusive games per series and during the Conference Finals the network will air exclusive coverage of both series.  The total number of games will vary depending upon the length of each individual series.  VERSUS will, when feasible, simulcast games from other networks to give viewers bonus postseason action.  VERSUS’ 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage will culminate with games three and four of the Stanley Cup Final.  This is a change from the past three seasons as VERSUS previously aired games one and two of the Final.  NBC will broadcast games one and two of the Final as well as games five, six and seven, if necessary. 

VERSUS’ Semifinal round schedule follows (All times ET, subject to change): 
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Canadian Band Writes Anti-Coach’s Corner Song

This is Winnipeg anarchist-punks Propagandhi.  They clearly take things a little too seriously.  But they are also clearly passionate about hockey, and hate Don Cherry.  They, to me, speak for every disappointed Canadian dude who sits there and watches Cherry and are just shamed with what he says, and looks at MacLean and goes “Stop this!”

Another Bamboozle Band

No Doubt, who features a singer who’s colored her hair even more than Wrap has:

Local Numbers For Game 7’s

Again, Neil Best is your man for these numbers:

Rangers-Capitals (MSG): 3.02 rating
Hurricanes-Devils (MSG Plus): 1.65 rating

For the night, the Yankees beat everything (barely), while the Rangers bested the Met game that night, and the Devils were in last place.  But hockey made a dent, which makes both teams crapping the bed all the worse.

We’ll get to discussing the Devs Thursday, if you’re into trainwrecks.

NBC Sets Contingency Plan for Saturday

Wyshynski beat me to it, but we’ve had a busy day.  Here’s Neil Best:

What if Saturday’s Penguins-Capitals game on NBC runs late, what with the Kentucky Derby scheduled for early evening on the network?

If the game goes to one overtime, it will remain on NBC.

If it goes beyond one OT, it will switch to Versus, except in Pittsburgh and Washington.

Two years ago, NBC famously sent a game in the Eastern Conference finals over to Versus to switch to Preakness pre-race coverage.

This is an improvement.

CBC’s Round Two Plans

Canucks and Blackhawks meet in Western Conference Semifinal beginning April 30;
Washington and Pittsburgh face-off in Eastern Conference Semifinal beginning May 2
Bring on Round Two! CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA – the country’s only home to the Stanley Cup for 56 years – continues to provide Canadians with the best match-ups from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs with coverage of the Vancouver Canucks / Chicago Blackhawks Western Conference Semifinal series, starting on Thursday April 30 and the Washington / Pittsburgh Penguins Eastern Conference Semifinal series, beginning Saturday, May 2.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA opens Round Two on Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET, with a special edition of Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, followed by the Vancouver Canucks and team captain Roberto Luongo facing off against rising star Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks at GM Place. Jim Hughson will call this Western Conference Semifinal best-of-seven series alongside analyst Craig Simpson, while Scott Oake reports from ice level. 
The Eastern Conference Semifinal series between Washington and Pittsburgh gets underway on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA on Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m. ET when two of the NHL’s biggest stars, Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby continue their quest for the Stanley Cup. Play-by-play man Bob Cole and analyst Greg Millen will call the series, as Elliotte Friedman reports from rinkside. (Please see below for complete Round Two broadcast schedule).
Each night during Round Two, Ron MacLean hosts CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA coverage of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs along with Don Cherry, Kelly Hrudey, Mike Milbury and P.J. Stock. Cherry will cover the Vancouver / Chicago series while Hrudey, Milbury and Stock will join MacLean in-studio throughout the second round to provide insight and analysis of all the Conference Semifinal series.  
CBC’s exclusive Punjabi broadcasts continue in Round Two, featuring the Vancouver / Chicago series, live and on demand at CBCSports.ca.  The Punjabi broadcasts will be available free to Bell TV subscribers on channel 249; to Rogers digital cable subscribers in Ontario and New Brunswick on channel 401;to Shaw Digital Cable subscribers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on channel 333 and to Shaw Direct subscribers on channel 478. Viewers should contact their local service provider for more details. Parminder Singh, voice of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA regular season Punjabi broadcasts will handle play-by-play duties while Harnarayan Singh, will provide analysis.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA also presents Stanley Cup Interactive on CBCSports.ca throughout the entire 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hall of Fame journalist, Scott Morrison and HNIC Sirius Satellite Radio host, Jeff Marek host live chats with hockey fans across the country from the Stanley Cup I-Desk during all 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff games broadcast on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. In addition to extensive coverage on CBCSports.ca, Kelly Hrudey, Scott Oake, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek provide members of the on-line community with live insider posts on Twitter and blogs throughout the playoffs.
Hockey fans can now follow the road to the Stanley Cup on their iPhone by visiting cbcsports.ca/iphone/stanleycup2009.  Users will be kept up-to-date on all playoff series with stats, scores and top stories – all at the CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA iPhone site, presented by McDonald’s. 
Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SIRIUS will also offer comprehensive coverage of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Channel 122 airing Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. ET (encore presentation from 7-10 p.m. ET). Host Jeff Marek will be joined by CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA personalities and other guests throughout the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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