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from Patrick Redford of Deadspin,
The Tampa Bay Lighting hosted a very well-attended viewing party on Sunday for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals series with Pittsburgh. Thousands went to the public showing (around 8,000 attended an analogous event last year), and the team had planned another official party for tonight’s Game 7, only to cancel it yesterday afternoon and encourage fans to head to a different, unofficial event.
The NHL told Deadspin that the Lightning were only allowed to host one official event per series, and that they’d already used up their slot on the Game 5 party. But the Sharks and Blues have each hosted multiple parties during the Western Conference Finals, and sources tell us that the NHL and NBC pressured the team to cancel tonight’s event because of worries about low TV ratings.
Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro have made watching the World Championship games more enjoyable in my opinion.
Focus on the defensemen tonight, including Kris Letang in selfish mode, the Trevor Daley injury and Brent Burns.
And he met Bob Cole too.
The coach's challenge has become one of the most controversial rules in hockey, taking countless goals off the board and dividing our hockey nation. The TSN Hockey panel responded to the firestorm the only way they know how, by making a song about it.
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 16, 2016 – NBCSN’s Game 1 presentations of the Western Conference Final last night and the Eastern Conference Final on Friday night, featuring the San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, delivered the second- and third-best Conference Final Game 1 overnight ratings ever on NBCSN, according to the Nielsen Company. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Conference Finals continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Lightning and Penguins.
TORONTO (May 12, 2016) This is going to be good. Tomorrow, four teams will be just eight wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup - and Sportsnet is ready to roll with blanket coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, and the St. Louis Blues vs. either the Nashville Predators or the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.
via the NHL PR department,
SHOWTIME Sports has released the first-look video highlight for the real-time, behind-the-scenes documentary series ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup. Enter the Pittsburgh Penguins® dressing room for an intimate look before and after an intense Game 4 of the Second Round series versus the Washington Capitals® in Pittsburgh.
The docu-series is the first of its kind to nationally televise the championship of a major North American sport as it unfolds. Premiering Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, weekly episodes chronicle the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final as the top-four NHL® teams battle for the chance to hoist the trophy that many call the hardest to win in all of sports, the Stanley Cup®.
ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup is produced by 53-time Sports Emmy® Award winning producer Ross Greenburg, who pioneered the sports documentary series genre.
Watch a clip of the documentary below...
Ron and Don talk about the issue with pretend shot-blocking, Nashville’s huge triple-overtime win, and the people of Fort McMurray.
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
Indeed, to spend a day with McGuire is to get swept into his world of unbridled enthusiasm for the sport. Old stories are told with widened eyes and preceded by a tap on the knee, as though signaling that it’s time to listen up. On the production truck, his NBC Sports colleagues will often hear his voice piped through the speakers, offering rah-rah words of encouragement in the middle of broadcasts. Get after it! That was a great package! That’s why NBC is the best! Even his steady drumbeat of players' hometowns and junior teams serves a purpose in McGuire’s mind. “I think it’s the journey, the journey for all these guys,” he says. “That’s what matters to me the most.”...
A Sports Emmy winner who at last check has worked 21 postseason games in 22 days, pausing only because no NHL teams played on April 26, McGuire, 54, is a former college and NHL coach, scout and assistant GM (and, in the interest of full disclosure, occasional contributor to Sports Illustrated magazine). He wears his love of hockey on his sleeve, his wedding band on one hand and, on the other, one of the two Stanley Cup rings he won as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and '92.
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