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by Paul on 08/25/10 at 03:10 PM ET
NEW YORK – Aug. 25, 2010 – Two games featuring Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins against Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals, including the fourth annual NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day from Heinz Field, home to the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers; a possible Stanley Cup Final rematch between the champion Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers to kick off “Game of the Week” broadcasts; the debut of “Hockey Day in America”; and the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final highlight the sixth season of the NHL on NBC.
2011 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will lead their respective teams in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals in the fourth outdoor classic, an event Forbes magazine has called “the best new sporting event” of the last decade.
Bob Costas will host NBC Sports’ coverage from Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field – home of the Pittsburgh Steelers – live at 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.
The first three Winter Classics have averaged 4.0 million viewers on NBC Sports. On January 1 this year, the Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, in overtime at Fenway Park.
“GAME OF THE WEEK” - FLEX SCHEDULE & CONSISTENT START TIMES
For the first time ever, all “Game of the Week” broadcasts will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET. For the fourth consecutive season, the NHL and NBC Sports will utilize flex scheduling, selecting from up to four games on Sunday afternoons.
At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce one of those games as the “Game of the Week” to be broadcast during the NBC Sports window. The other games will remain available to the teams’ regional carrier but will not be televised during NBC Sports’ broadcast window.
NBC Sports will again broadcast the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final.
Following is the “Game of the Week” flexible schedule (all times 12:30 PM ET):
Day Date Away Home
Sun. Jan. 23 Philadelphia Chicago
Florida New Jersey
Buffalo N.Y Islanders
Sun. Feb. 6 Pittsburgh Washington
St Louis Tampa Bay
Sun. Feb. 13 Boston Detroit
Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers
Los Angeles Philadelphia
Sun. Feb. 20 Washington Buffalo
Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers
Sun. Mar. 06 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers
Sun. Mar. 13 Chicago Washington
Los Angeles Dallas
Sun. Mar. 20 N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh
New Jersey Columbus
Sun. Apr. 03 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia
Tampa Bay Chicago
Sun. Apr. 10 Detroit Chicago
Boston New Jersey
HOCKEY DAY IN AMERICA
As part of Hockey Weekend Across America in 2011, the NHL and NBC Sports will salute the roots of the sport with Hockey Day in America on Sunday, Feb. 20. Launched by USA Hockey in 2008, Hockey Weekend Across America is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels and to expose hockey to new audiences. NBC Sports will celebrate the day-long event with regional NHL coverage.
More details about Hockey Day in America will be released at a later date.
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