NBC Picks Caps-Pens for Feb. 6 Game of the Week

NEW YORK (January 20, 2011) –The Sunday, February 6, Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at Verizon Center at 12:30 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today. When last seen on the same sheet of ice – and on NBC’s air – the Capitals and Penguins were battling the elements as well as each other in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.


Washington’s 3-1 victory that evening squared the clubs’ season series at one win apiece heading into their February 6 indoor clash. It also provided a stirring climax to the critically-acclaimed, four-part HBO series “24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic” that took viewers inside what has become one of the NHL’s most celebrated rivalry.


Led by a relentless, 25-game, point-scoring streak by their captain, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins went 15 straight games without a loss in regulation to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference standings by mid-December. Having romped to the 2009-10 Presidents’ Trophy, the Capitals battled through unfamiliar early-season adversity, losing eight straight games in early December.


However, entering play on Jan. 20, only four points separated the teams in the Eastern Conference standings. They meet again just once in the 2010-11 regular season, on Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh.


NBC Sports’ NHL “Game of the Week” begins this Sunday and will feature Mike Richards, Danny Briere and the Philadelphia Flyers taking on Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. (12:30 p.m. ET.)




At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The Feb. 6 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Jan. 20, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET. All subsequent flexed games will be announced on NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.


Upcoming 2011 NBC Game of the Week Regular-Season Flexible Schedule




Feb. 13 Pittsburgh at NY Rangers OR

Boston at Detroit OR

Los Angeles at Philadelphia OR 12:30 p.m. ET


presented by McDonald’s

Washington at Buffalo (regional)

Detroit at Minnesota (regional)

Philadelphia at NY Rangers (regional)

Pittsburgh at Chicago (national) 12 – 6 p.m. ET

Mar. 6 Philadelphia at NY Rangers OR

Buffalo at Minnesota TBD

Mar. 13 Chicago at Washington OR

Los Angeles at Dallas TBD

Mar. 20 NY Rangers at Pittsburgh OR

New Jersey at Columbus TBD

Apr. 3 NY Rangers at Philadelphia OR

Minnesota at Detroit OR

Tampa Bay at Chicago TBD

Apr. 10 Boston at New Jersey OR

Pittsburgh at Atlanta OR

Detroit at Chicago OR

Dallas at Minnesota TBD



2 Responses to NBC Picks Caps-Pens for Feb. 6 Game of the Week

  1. Josh says:

    Wow, didn’t see that one coming!

  2. Stu Dolgon says:

    NBC actually announced that game in a press release of sports listings back on January 4.

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