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Your NBC Sports Group Broadcasting Crew For Both Game 7’s

via a press release from the NBC Sports Group...

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 29, 2015 – NBC Sports Group goes coast-to-coast this weekend to present two NHL Conference Final Game 7 showdowns in a 24-hour span tonight and tomorrow on NBCSN and NBC, respectively. Coverage begins tonight on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

NBC presents live coverage of Game 7 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday night in primetime at 8 p.m. ET, when Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks host Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of both Game 7s.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of both Game 7 matchups.

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Afternoon Line- Steven Stamkos

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From Both Sides Before Game 7 Of The Eastern Conference Finals

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

It would be one of the all-timers.

If the Lightning beat the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers never lose Game 7s, it would be the greatest victory in franchise history this side of June 7, 2004, the night the Stanley Cup was held high over Lightning heads.

If the Lightning beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist tonight at the Garden, it might be like that night in Philadelphia in 2003, when Ronde Barber silenced Eagles fans and demons as he ran that interception back to seal a Bucs trip to the Super Bowl. It would be a moment that would live forever in Tampa Bay.

It’s the kind of challenge the Lightning need to embrace with heart and soul if their season is to continue on to the Cup finals. The task is not impossible. It will just take 20 men with an idea that they just can’t shake: This is our time.

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

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Video- Ready For Game 7 Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers?

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It’s All About The Stanley Cup For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is all about the silver chalice, that has been established, but here in New York, here on the Broadway stage, this can become the golden era of Rangers’ hockey.

Another Game 7 at what has become hockey’s big room east of Chicago, another Game 7 at the Garden, the site of 38 playoff matches since 2012, and counting.

The Rangers haven’t won this fascinating and often exhilarating conference finals against their formidable foes from Tampa, yet. They haven’t won anything yet, when the Stanley Cup is the only object of value they covet.

But you know what this band of Rangers has accomplished over the last four years? They have brought hockey back to New York as springtime appointment viewing and they have brought New York back to front-and-center of the NHL.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Fail To Finish

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

There will be a Game 7. Of course there will be a Game 7. What else did you expect?

In a series where there has been little momentum and even less logic, the Lightning's golden chance to close out the Rangers in its own building was kicked away in a frustrating 7-3 loss. It was a game much closer than the score suggested.

But the ultimate result — a loss — does suggest that the Lightning's inexperience on this big stage had something to do with its inability to close out a series that was there for the taking.

"It's tough," Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said. "You want to finish it out when you can. It's one of those ones you move past. You still got another opportunity. So we got to go the road and win on the road."

Good luck with that. Now comes the long plane ride back to New York and even longer odds to advance to the round where Lord Stanley's Cup will be waiting for the winner.

"Game 7 in Madison Square Garden," Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

Fun? Sounds like anything but.

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Derick Brassard Steps Up His Game Just In Time

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Challenge accepted.

Challenge accepted by the resilient Rangers, who staved off elimination for the fourth time this spring and for the 15th time over the last four tournaments with Tuesday’s 7-3 Game 6 victory over the Lightning to set up yet another Game 7 at the Garden on Friday, winner getting to go to the Stanley Cup final.

Challenge accepted by Derick Brassard, who recorded a hat trick and five-point night following a morning meeting with Alain Vigneault in which the coach urged No. 16 and fellow 1A/1B center Derek Stepan to lift their respective games.

“I told them that we needed them to step up and be difference-makers,” the coach told The Post. “And they did, they both responded, they both came through with what we needed.

“Brass’ line was great.”

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added 8:21am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Oh yes, Mr. Elimination Game was huge again. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 of 39 shots on the evening, his pad save on Stamkos in the first period an absolutely heart-stopper.

Just Hank being Hank, he now sports a ridiculous .954 save percentage in those 18 elimination games since 2012.

"Everything on the line again and we found a way," said Lundqvist. "I felt like we had a really tough time in the second to get pucks deep, and they're a really good team when you don't get the pucks in the right places. But then in the third, I think maybe our experience in these situations helped us, because we come out and play extremely well, a smart period until you get out of hand a little bit.

"It's such an important time right now, and for us to come through like this in a big game, it's always good for your confidence. It's a good feeling."

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We Have A Game 7 In The Eastern Conference Finals

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

They keep finding ways to put their backs against the wall. The wall never seems that far away, does it? It’s a constant companion. The Lightning are infuriating that way. We can’t figure them out.

They might have backed into the wall one time too many, against the wrong customers.

It’s their own fault.

There will be a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. Despite a great, gaping opportunity, the Lightning didn’t come close to closing out the New York Rangers in Game 6 at Amalie Arena. Note: The Rangers don’t like to be closed out. They blasted the Lightning, 7-3.

How do you roll out a miserable third period like that when you’re only one goal down and one win from the Stanley Cup finals?

How?

Even with the Rangers practically playing ragged prevent through two periods, begging to be beaten, they led 2-1 heading to the third. Well, maybe the New York goaltender wasn’t begging to be beaten.

And when push came to shove, the Bolts were blown away.

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Open Post- Game 6 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers

A game the Tampa Bay Lightning want to win.  At home and a win puts them in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Rangers want to force game 7 and I expect a low-scoring game, decided late in the game.

Watch on NBCSN, CBC or TVA with the puck dropping just after 8:00pm ET.

Comment below if you wish.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Know What They Have To Do

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Cooper was adamant about ensuring no feeling of complacency had settled in around his group.

"We can't just sit here and say we played a pretty good game in Game 5, that'll just carry us into a win tonight," he said. "If we don't play better than we did in Game 5, we won't win tonight. That's kind of my message."

The affable coach has won five championships during his career, but has never experienced a game as big as this one.

"For me it's excitement, nervousness, fear, anticipation," said Cooper. "I can whip through a bunch of things. It's really an exciting time."

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