CBC Is Raring To Go

After record breaking audiences for Round One, the top eight remaining teams get ready for Round Two as CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to provide hockey fans with exclusive coverage of the Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Starting on Thursday, April 28, CBC will carry the Vancouver (#1) / Nashville (#5) Western Conference Semifinal series and the Philadelphia (#2) / Boston (#3) Eastern Conference Semifinal series, beginning Saturday, April 30, excluding Game Two due to network coverage of the Canadian Federal Election. In its place, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA will air Game Two of the Washington (#1) / Tampa Bay (#5) series on Sunday, May 1 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT.

The puck drops on Thursday, April 28 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT with the Western Conference Semifinal series opener between Vancouver and Nashville. Play-by-play man Jim Hughson and analyst Craig Simpson will call the series with Scott Oake reporting from rinkside and Glenn Healy between the benches as Roberto Luongo and the Canucks look to continue their quest for the Stanley Cup versus Shea Weber and the Predators.

The Eastern Conference Semifinals get underway on Saturday, April 30, at 3 p.m. ET/ 12 noon PT as the Philadelphia Flyers and veteran Chris Pronger square off against the Boston Bruins and goaltender Tim Thomas. Bob Cole will call this Eastern Conference Semifinal best-of-seven series alongside analyst Garry Galley, while Elliotte Friedman reports from ice level. Scotiabank Hockey Tonight returns to CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA that night at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT to set up Game Two of the Canucks/Predators series.

Each night during Round Two, Ron MacLean hosts CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA coverage of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs along with Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock. Cherry, Hrudey and Stock will join MacLean in-studio throughout the second round to provide insight and analysis of all the Conference Semifinal series.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to go live and interactive throughout the Playoffs on cbcsports.ca/hockey. Each CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast is streamed live and on-demand at cbcports.ca/hockey, where hockey fans can catch up to the minute news, features, previews, highlights and analysis for every game.

Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SIRIUS with host Jeff Marek will also offer comprehensive coverage of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Channel 97 airing Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. ET (encore presentation from 7-10 p.m. ET). As of Wednesday May 4 Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SIRIUS will be moving to Channel 157.

CBC’s exclusive Punjabi broadcasts continue in Round Two, featuring the Vancouver / Nashville series, live and on demand at CBCSports.ca. The Punjabi broadcasts will be available on Rogers – Channel 385, Telus – Channel 131, Shaw Cable – Channel 328, Shaw Direct – Classic 480 and Advanced 429. Viewers should contact their local service provider for more details. Harnarayan Singh will handle play-by-play duties while Amarinder Singh, will provide analysis.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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2 Responses to CBC Is Raring To Go

  1. Eddie says:

    Excited to see the numbers with bruins/flyers and also intrigued on how capitals/lighting will do. Granted it is a sun belt team but, it is a team with exciting talented players this series might do alright. Great opportunity for stamkos and ovechkin to put their skills on display.

  2. Ryan says:

    Before anyone asks, the reason for TSN and CBC switching off so that TSN has PHI/BOS Monday and TB/WAS the rest of the time, and CBC has TB/WAS Sunday and PHI/BOS the rest of the time, is that CBC had to accommodate election coverage Monday night.

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