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Your Announcers and Open Thread For Night 32 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Philadelphia vs. Montreal, Game 3 (PHI Leads 2-0), 7:00 PM ET

National TV (Canada): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliot Friedman

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: Joe Beninati
Color: Daryl Reaugh
Reporter: Billy Jaffe

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Richter, Torrey on the NHL Hour

NEW YORK (May 20, 2010) – Mike Richter, former New York Rangers goaltender and current environmental investment executive, will discuss a new League initiative that connects his two passions today on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.  Florida Panthers Alternate Governor Bill Torrey also will appear to discuss the naming of Dale Tallon as Executive Vice President & General Manager earlier this week.

A remarkable big-game goaltender and member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Richter most famously backstopped the Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup and the United States to the inaugural World Cup of Hockey title two years later.  A lifelong environmentalist, Richter currently serves in a number of positions promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, most recently collaborating with the Natural Resources Defense Council in their efforts to bring best ecological practices to the sports industry.

Torrey — architect of the New York Islanders team that won four consecutive Stanley Cups and of the Florida Panthers team that reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1996 — was charged by Panthers ownership to secure a new general manager, and this week Dale Tallon was named to the position. Tallon spent 33 years in the Chicago Blackhawks organization as a player, scout, broadcaster, assistant general, general manager and lastly as a senior advisor.  The Blackhawks currently are leading the Western Conference Final 2-0 over the San Jose Sharks.

NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on SIRIUS Channel 208 as part of the “Best of XM” programming package) and NHL.com. The show will re-air on SIRIUS XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

The show encourages fans to call in with questions. To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-645-6696.  NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman is a production of NHL Radio.

NBC Promotes Weekend Coverage

NEW YORK – May, 20, 2010 – NBC Sports presents coverage of both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals this Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at 3 p.m. ET both days. The Montreal Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers, who currently hold a 2-0 series lead, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks, currently up 2-0, host the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

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.

Chicago is 3-2 on NBC this season, including last weekend’s Game 1 win over San Jose, which was the Sharks’ first appearance on the network this season. Montreal won its only game on the network this year, defeating Pittsburgh, 3-1, on May 2 in the Conference Semi-Finals. Philadelphia is 1-3 on NBC in 2010, including two overtime losses. Philadelphia and Chicago have an opportunity to clinch their series on NBC this weekend if they win their respective Game 3s, which will be played Thursday and Friday nights.

EMRICK: “Of all the hockey arenas, these are the two of the loudest. There will be close to 44,000 fans combined in the arenas and it’s going to be fantastic because of the history in Chicago and Montreal.”

“There is a rejuvenation of the whole franchise in Chicago. They learned a great deal losing to Detroit last year in the playoffs…Home has been good for Montreal in the playoffs. They’ve build up a great deal of confidence there. The question is, ‘is it too late?’”

NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com’s “Star-cam” continues in the playoffs. “Star-cam” tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

Stanley Cup Research: Games on American Television from 1993-2009

(NOTE: This counts in games ESPN aired on alternate feeds for markets that were blacked out of first-round games, a practice that ran from 1994-2003.  This also includes games aired as JIP (Joined in Progress) on VERSUS, a practice that runs from 2007-present.   Finally, of course FOX, ABC and NBC broadcasts that used regionalizing are counted as well, a practice that ran from 1993-2007.  Enjoy, and see if you can spot the year in which ESPN stopped really pushing it’s NHL coverage.)

(Source: The 506)

1993-1994, ESPN and ABC

1993
ESPN –
44 games
ABC – 10 games
Total – 54 games

1994
ESPN –
48 games
ESPN2 – 14 games
ABC – 5 games
Total – 67 games

1995-99, ESPN, ESPN2 and FOX

1995
ESPN –
26 games
ESPN2 – 23 games
FOX – 15 games
Total – 64 games

1996
ESPN – 35 games
ESPN2 – 18 games
FOX – 15 games
Total – 68 games

1997
ESPN – 33 games
ESPN2 – 23 games
FOX – 14 games
Total – 70 games

1998
ESPN –
34 games
ESPN2 – 25 games
FOX – 12 games
Total – 71 games

1999
ESPN –
34 games
ESPN2 – 28 games
FOX – 14 games
Total Games – 76 games

2000-04, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC

2000
ESPN –
39 games
ESPN2 – 21 games
ABC – 14 games
Total – 74 games

2001
ESPN –
42 games
ESPN2 – 22 games
ABC – 18 games
Total – 82 games

2002
ESPN –
42 games
ESPN2 – 24 games
ABC – 16 games
Total – 82 games

2003
ESPN –
33 games
ESPN2 – 29 games
ABC – 16 games
Total – 78 games

2004
ESPN –
27 games
ESPN2 – 33 games
ABC – 17 games
Total – 77 games

2006-present, VERSUS and NBC

2006
VERSUS –
51 games
NBC – 17 games
Total – 68 games

2007
VERSUS –
49 games
NBC – 13 games
Total – 62 games

2008
VERSUS –
52 games
NBC – 13 games
Total – 65 games

2009
VERSUS –
58 games
NBC – 13 games
Total – 71 games