Friday, May 28, 2010

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NEW YORK – May 27, 2010 – The 2010 Stanley Cup Final begins this Saturday  at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports when the Chicago Blackhawks, champions of the  Western Conference, host the Philadelphia Flyers, champions of the Eastern  Conference, at United Center.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), who will call his 12th Stanley Cup Final,  Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call  the action. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show  alongside analyst Mike Milbury and Olympic MVP and Buffalo Sabres goalie  Ryan Miller, who will serve as a guest analyst for Game 1. Analyst Jeremy  Roenick will join McGuire and Milbury for the remainder of the series  beginning with Game 2.

SCHEDULE: NBC Sports’ coverage of the Stanley Cup Final continues with Game  2 from United Center on Monday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET. Games 3 and 4 will be  played at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center and will air on VERSUS Wednesday,  June 2 and Friday, June 4, respectively. NBC Sports resumes coverage for 
Games 5-7, if necessary. Following is the Stanley Cup Final television  schedule (all times ET):

Game 1                Sat. May 29        NBC                   8 p.m.

Game 2                Mon. May 31      NBC                   8 p.m.

Game 3                Wed. June 2        VERSUS             8 p.m.

Game 4                Fri. June 4           VERSUS             8 p.m.

Game 5                Sun. June 6          NBC                   8 p.m.

Game 6                Wed. June 9        NBC                   8 p.m.

Game 7                Fri. June 11         NBC                   8 p.m.

VIEWERSHIP: NBC Sports is averaging 1.89 million viewers for its NHL  playoff coverage, the most for broadcast TV in the U.S. through three  rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2002 (2.31 million on ABC) and up  five percent over last year. Sunday’s game featuring the Blackhawks’  series-clinching win over the San Jose Sharks averaged 2.5 million viewers,  up 19 percent from last year’s comparable game (2.1 million).

STANLEY CUP HISTORY: The Blackhawks, the No. 2 seed in the Western  Conference, are making their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1992  when they were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Chicago has not won the  Stanley Cup since 1961 and their 49 years without a title is the longest  active drought in the league.

The Flyers, the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, are back in the Final  for the first time since they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 1997.  Philadelphia has not won the Stanley Cup championship since they were  repeat champs in 1974-75.

Both teams have lost their last five Final appearances. The Flyers are 2-5  all time in the Final, while Chicago is 3-7.

OLYMPIANS COMPETING FOR THE CUP: Ten players on the rosters of the  Blackhawks (six) and Flyers (four) competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter  Olympic Games. Of the 10, five won gold for Canada, one claimed silver for  Team USA, one earned bronze for Finland, and two competed for bronze with  Slovakia but lost to Finland. One player competed for Latvia.


Blackhawks: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook & Jonathan Toews

Flyers: Chris Pronger & Mike Richards


Blackhawks: Patrick Kane


Flyers: Kimmo Timonen


Blackhawks: Marian Hossa & Tomas Kopecky


Flyers: Oskars Bartulis

ON NBC SPORTS: Chicago is 4-2 on NBC Sports this season, including last  weekend’s series-clinching Game 4 win over San Jose. Philadelphia is 2-3 on  NBC Sports in 2010, including Saturday’s 3-0 win over Montreal in Game 4 of  their series, which gave the Flyers a three-games-to-one lead.


1                      Office Trailer

2                      Net Cams

4                      Production Trucks

5                      Commentators

12                    Number of Finals called by Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, 
including 2010

24                    Cameras

35                    Pounds (weight of Stanley Cup)

81                    On-Site Personnel

15,840             Feet of Cable (approx)

NBCSPORTS.COM: “Star-cam” continues for the Stanley Cup Final. “Star-cam”  tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts.  Following the game, will present bonus material, including  “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

CONFERENCE CALL: The NHL today conducted a media conference call with,  among others, Emrick, McGuire and Milbury to preview the Final. Highlights  follow:

MCGUIRE ON THE MATCHUP: “This is going to be a whole lot of nasty…It’s  going to be great hockey. It’s everything you want. You’ve got two sizzling  cauldrons here in Chicago and back in Philadelphia. It’s going to be a ton  of fun to watch.”

MILBURY ON THE MATCHUP: “(Chicago is) a quick, puck-moving group in  contrast with a bigger, stronger Philadelphia group. They match up pretty  well. It’s going to be a longer series, more than people realize.”

EMRICK ON PHILADELPHIA: “The fact that they could rally and still be able  to have some skin left on their teeth by the time they got through the last  game is a real achievement.”

EMRICK ON CHICAGO’S ORGANIZATION: “This team is very progressive in terms  of getting out there, showing the quality products that it has…When you  start winning games and start having 100-point seasons like they have in  the past two years, that shows they are really tremendous.”


MILBURY ON CHICAGO: “The one fact that’s in the favor of Chicago is their  team speed. It was outstanding throughout the playoffs.”

MCGUIRE ON PHILADELPHIA’S DANNY BRIERE: “This playoff season, he’s been  phenomenal. He’s been a major reason why  a lot like Mike Richards  they’ve  been able to survive.”

MCGUIRE: “Jonathan Toews is a no-nonsense kind of leader.”

EMRICK ON TOEWS: “There’s no panic in his game whatsoever. He’s a terrific  player.”

MCGUIRE ON DEFENSE: “A big part of what allowed these goalies to prosper is  the fact that both these teams have unbelievable defensemen in front of  them.”

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