2013-14 NHL on TSN Schedule

TSN has 81 games this season, including 72 featuring at least one Canadian team. TSN2 has 69 games. Here is the press release:

NHL action returns to Canada’s Sports Leader with TSN delivering 150 national regular season games during the 2013-14 season. Eighty-one (81) games will air on TSN and 69 games on TSN2. In addition to live game coverage, fans can expect to see extensive NHL coverage across all TSN DigitalTSN Radio, and TEAM Radio platforms. Highlighting the TSN schedule is the annual HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME that airs on the network for the first time.

TSN’s broadcast schedule includes 72 games featuring Canadian teams in action. TSN also retains English-language exclusivity of WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY, during which there are no other national or local NHL telecasts.

TSN will also broadcast six pre-season games – featuring all Canadian teams. TSN and TSN2’s full NHL broadcast schedule is available onTSN.ca

In addition to its national broadcast package, TSN will also broadcast 63 regional Winnipeg Jets games on TSN Jets and 30 regional Montreal Canadiens games on TSN Canadiens.

RDS returns with French-language coverage of all Montreal Canadiens games. RDS and RDS2 will confirm its package of games featuring other NHL teams in the coming days.

HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME

Highlighting TSN’s 2013-14 NHL regular season broadcast schedule is the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME – airing for the first time on TSN. Featuring New Jersey @ Toronto on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN, the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME honours 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney, and Stanley Cup-winning head coach Fred Shero.

NHL ON TSN Highlights

Regular season coverage kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN with Toronto @ Philadelphia (click here for a complete broadcast schedule). All of TSN’s nationally televised NHL games are also available live on TSN Mobile TV.

TSN’s 2013-14 NHL regular season coverage includes:

·         Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Ottawa on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET
·         Jarome Iginla’s return to Calgary on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET
·         Alain Vigneault’s return to Vancouver on Tuesday, Apr. 1 at 10 p.m. ET
·         Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia’s Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby face off against each other for the first time as the Avalanche visit the Penguins on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
·         The HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME featuring New Jersey @ Toronto on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET
·         2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game featuring NY Rangers @ NY Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. ET
·         17 Toronto Maple Leafs games
·         15 Montreal Canadiens games
·         10 games each for the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks
·         5 Winnipeg Jets games
·         5 all-Canadian match-ups

Additional highlights include:

·         12 double-headers on TSN (six double-headers on TSN2)
·         9 Original Six match-ups on TSN (five games on TSN2)
·         6 games featuring the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks on TSN (seven games on TSN2)
·         6 games featuring superstar Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on TSN (13 games on TSN2)
·         5 games featuring 2013 Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on TSN (nine games on TSN2)
·         6 pre-season games featuring all Canadian teams

NHL Specials

In addition to its package of regular season and playoff games, TSN has exclusive Canadian coverage of the NHL DRAFT LOTTERY, NHL DRAFT, and the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CELEBRATION. TSN complements this exclusive lineup with its own signature NHL specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, NHL FANTASY DRAFT, TOP 50 PLAYERS, and BOB MCKENZIE’S NHL DRAFT RANKING.

And the full schedule.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Ratings Update #1

Here are the ratings for games on CBC, as well as the Canucks on TSN and Canadiens on RDS for the first six days of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Montreal vs. Ottawa (CBC/RDS)
Game 1, 5/2: 1.9 million (CBC) + 1.2 million (RDS) = 3.1 million
Game 2, 5/3: 1.8 million (CBC) + 1.2 million (RDS) = 3 million
Game 3, 5/5: 2.3 million (CBC) + 1.3 million (RDS) = 3.6 million

Boston vs. Toronto (CBC)
Game 1, 5/1: 2.6 million
Game 2, 5/4: 3.2 million

Vancouver vs. San Jose (TSN)
Game 1, 5/1: 1.25 million
Game 2, 5/3: 1.3 million
Game 3, 5/5: 1.1 million

St. Louis vs. Los Angeles (CBC)
Game 1, 4/30: 1.3 million*
Game 2, 5/2: 822, 000
Game 3, 5/4: 1.1 million

Chicago vs. Minnesota (CBC)
Game 1, 4/30: 1.3 million*
Game 2, 5/3: 687, 000
Game 3, 5/5: 502, 000

*These games were a split-national broadcast; the ratings are for the two games combined.
All numbers are BBM Canada AMA 2+

Based on this, it looks like CBC made the right decision to take the Montreal-Ottawa series instead of the Canucks. Not only is it getting better ratings, but even CBC’s third choice (STL-LA) put up comparable numbers for game 3. Its never good when a series trends downward on the weekend, as happened with the Canucks last night. To compare, last year the Canucks had a million more viewers for game 3 (on a Wednesday night) on CBC. In fact the Canucks’ ratings for games 1-3 were quite comparable to Habs-Sens this year. I know there is a difference between TSN and CBC, but come on, it isn’t worth 50% reduction in audience levels. The first three games from Flyers-Penguins on TSN last spring all had better ratings than the first three from Sharks-Canucks this year.

For comparison, here are the ratings for the first few days of the playoffs last year.

So Who is @HockeyyInsiderr

Some who have followed the developments in NHL Free Agency and Rick Nash trade rumours via Twitter over the past couple weeks are probably asking the same question I am. Who is @HockeyyInsiderr (that’s with two “y”s and two “r”s). He has posted information, some of which has turned out to be correct, on where various players will sign since joining Twitter. So what exactly do we know about this anonymous profile? He speaks French. He is a Montreal Canadiens fan. He claims to know many in the business, including Michel Therien. He has worked for four NHL teams. Some have speculated that he is Pierre McGuire in disguise (Pierre has only worked for three teams that I know of).

I highly doubt that for a number of reasons. First, NBC would want any McGuire account verified and attached to Pierre’s (and NBC’s) names. Secondly, the HockeyyInsiderr account has a feud with Pierre’s former co-worker at TSN Darren Dreger. Dreger has said the account is a scam and blocked it. I think it is more likely that this person (assuming it is a real insider) has never worked in media. It’s more likely that he was a former GM, assistant GM, scout or even a player agent based on what he posts.

On the other hand his is followed by some journalists, including Andi Petrillo (CBC), Marc Crawford and Mike Johnson (TSN), Ian Mendes (Sportsnet) and Chantal Machabee (RDS).

He claims to have exchanged direct messages with Bruno Gervais to confirm Bruno was signing with Philadelphia. This is evidenced by a picture he Tweeted. On the other hand, Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal warns that he is likely a fake.

But, this brings me back to the pressing matter of tonight. HockeyyInsider has threatened to post a “compromising”  picture of Darren Dreger if the TSN insider doesn’t unblock him by 10pm ET. Now, I don’t really believe there is a compromising photo of Dreger from this “insider”, but nonetheless I am interested to see that happened in five and a half hours.

For now I’m going out to play a Sunday evening round of golf. I’ll try to update this bizarre story later tonight.

Confirmed: TSN will broadcast Coyotes vs. Predators

The National Hockey League’s conference semifinals begin tomorrow night in Glendale, Arizona as the Coyotes take on the Predators. It is now confirmed that TSN will broadcast this series in Canada. Game 1 is at 9:00pm ET tomorrow night, with a pre-game show immediately before it. Gord Miller and Darren Pang will call this series for TSN.

It is not yet known if CBC or TSN will broadcast the Blues vs. Kings series. It will depend on the results of tonight’s games. That series will begin either Saturday afternoon (on NBC) or Saturday evening. Whether NBC wants to show game 1 also depends on tonight’s results. A Senators vs. Panthers series would be unappealing to NBC, so that would certainly result in Blues vs. Kings starting on Saturday afternoon.

The NHL has also confirmed a partial schedule for the two Western Conference series. Here it is.

(3) Phoenix Coyotes vs. (4) Nashville Predators – TSN
Game 1 – Friday April 27 at 9:00pm ET
Game 2 – Sunday April 29
Game 3 – Wednesday May 2
Game 4 – Friday May 4

(2) St. Louis Blues vs. (8) Los Angeles Kings
Game 1 – Saturday April 28
Game 2 – Monday April 30
Game 3 – Thursday May 3
Game 4 – Sunday May 6

The NHL will release the schedules for the remainder of these series, as well as the Eastern Conference Semifinals, later tonight. I will post them when they are available.

Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro will work TSN’s other to-be-confirmed series. Mike Johnson is going to Europe to call the World Hockey Championships.

CBC has first and second pick of series in the Conference Semifinals.

2012 NHL Playoff Ratings: Update #4

There was lots of hockey on TV this past weekend. Multiple games averaged over a million viewers, including some in the afternoon. The Canucks set a new record for the 2012 playoffs, as their game on Sunday is the only one so far to average over 3 million viewers. Here are some NHL playoff ratings for April 20-22.

Friday April 20
7:30pm, PHI-PIT (g5), TSN: 1.878 million (479, 000 more on RDS)
8:00pm, DET-NSH (g5), CBC: 1.2 million

Saturday April 21
3:00pm, WSH-BOS (g5), CBC: 1.304 million*
7:00pm, OTT-NYR (g5), CBC: 2.3 million
7:30pm, SJ-STL (g5), TSN: 451, 000
10:00pm, CHI-PHX (g5), TSN: 919, 000

Sunday April 22
12:00pm, PIT-PHI (g6), TSN: 1.026 million*
3:00pm, BOS-WSH (g6, CBC: 1.4 million* (458, 000 more on RDS)
8:00pm, LA-VAN (g5), CBC: 3.34 million

* These games were also on NBC; those viewers are not counted.

The Kings vs. Canucks series is the highest rated so far, averaging 2.4 million. Flyers vs. Penguins averaged 1.42 million on TSN, which is great for an all-American series on a cable network. In contrast, Red Wings vs. Predators averaged half a million less at 911, 000 on CBC.

Check back on Wednesday evening for a complete report of the last week’s ratings, including more NHL and the Jays. At the end of the week I will post the rest of the 1st round ratings.

You can see the updated NHL playoff ratings database here. For the most up-to-date NHL playoff broadcasting news, including ratings, follow me on Twitter.

NHL Playoff TV Guide: April 23-24

There is an update to TSN’s commentators tonight, so here is an updated version of the NHL Playoff TV Guide for the next two days. I won’t have a chance to post tomorrow’s schedule tomorrow, so here it is today. These are all confirmed.

Monday April 23
7:00pm, New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators – CBC, RDS
CBC: Bob Cole, Garry Galley & Glenn Healy (reporter: Cassie Campbell)
RDS: Pierre Houde & Marc Denis

9:00pm, Phoenix Coyotes @ Chicago Blackhawks – TSN*, RDS INFO
Chris Cuthbert & Mike Johnson (reporter: Sara Orlesky)

Tuesday April 24
7:30pm, Florida Panthers @ New Jersey Devils – TSN, RDS
Gord Miller & Ray Ferraro (reporter: Katherine Dolan)

* A 30 minute pre-game show will air before this game.

I will post the schedule for Wednesday and Thursday on Wednesday afternoon. Also, look for some ratings for the weekend later today.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinal Schedule

Here is the NHL Conference quarterfinal schedule arranged by day. Continue after the break for a series by series breakdown.

Wednesday April 11
7:30pm, Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins (g1) – TSN, RDS
8:00pm, Detroit Red Wings @ Nashville Predators (g1) – CBC, RDS2
10:30pm, Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks (g1) – CBC, RDS

Thursday April 12
7:00pm, Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers (g1) – CBC, RDS
7:30pm, Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins (g1) – CHEX, RDS2
7:30pm, San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues (g1) – TSN, RDS INFO
10:00pm, Chicago Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes (g1) – TSN, RDS

Friday April 13
7:00pm, New Jersey Devils @ Florida Panthers (g1) – TSN2, RDS INFO
7:30pm, Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins (g2) – TSN, RDS
7:30pm, Detroit Red Wings @ Nashville Predators (g2) – CBC, RDS2
10:00pm, Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks (g2) – CBC, RDS

Saturday April 14
3:00pm, Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins (g2) – CBC, NBC, RDS
7:00pm, Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers (g2) – CBC, RDS
7:30pm, San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues (g2) – TSN, RDS INFO
10:00pm, Chicago Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes (g2) – TSN, RDS

Sunday April 15
12:00pm, Nashville Predators @ Detroit Red Wings (g3) – CBC, NBC, RDS
3:00pm, Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers (g3) – TSN, NBC, RDS
7:30pm, New Jersey Devils @ Florida Panthers (g3) – TSN, RDS
10:30pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Los Angeles Kings (g3) – CBC, RDS

Monday April 16
7:30pm, New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators (g3) – CBC, RDS
7:30pm, Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals (g3) – CHEX, RDS2
10:00pm, St. Louis Blues @ San Jose Sharks (g3) – TSN, RDS

Tuesday April 17
7:00pm, Florida Panthers @ New Jersey Devils (g3) – TSN, RDS
7:30pm, Nashville Predators @ Detroit Red Wings (g4) – CBC, RDS2
9:00pm, Phoenix Coyotes @ Chicago Blackhawks (g3) – TSN, RDS

Wednesday April 18
7:30pm, New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators (g4) – CBC, RDS
7:30pm, Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers (g4) – TSN, RDS2
10:00pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Los Angeles Kings (g4) – CBC, RDS

Thursday April 19
7:00pm, Florida Panthers @ New Jersey Devils (g4) – TSN2, RDS INFO
7:30pm, Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals (g4) – CBC, RDS
8:00pm, Phoenix Coyotes @ Chicago Blackhawks (g4) – TSN, RDS2
10:30pm, St. Louis Blues @ San Jose Sharks (g4) – TSN, RDS

Friday April 20
7:30pm, Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins (g5) – TSN, RDS
8:00pm, Detroit Red Wings @ Nashville Predators (g6) – CBC, RDS INFO

Saturday April 21
3:00pm, Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins (g5) – CBC, NBC, RDS
6:30pm, New Jersey Devils @ Florida Panthers (g5) – TSN2, RDS INFO
7:00pm, Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers (g5) – CBC, RDS
7:30pm, San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues (g5) – TSN, RDS2
10:00pm, Chicago Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes (g5) – TSN, RDS

Sunday April 22
TBA, Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals (g6) – CBC, RDS
TBA, Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers (g6) – TSN, RDS
TBA, Nashville Predators @ Detroit Red Wings (g6) – CBC, RDS
TBA, Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks (g5) – CBC, RDS

Monday April 23
TBA, New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators (g6) – CBC, RDS
TBA, Phoenix Coyotes @ Chicago Blackhawks (g6) – TSN, RDS INFO
TBA, St. Louis Blues @ San Jose Sharks (g6) – TSN, RDS

Tuesday April 24
TBA, Florida Panthers @ New Jersey Devils (g6) – TSN/TSN2, RDS INFO
TBA, Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins (g7) – TSN, RDS
TBA, Detroit Red Wings @ Nashville Predators (g7) – CBC, RDS2
TBA, Vancouver Canucks @ Los Angeles Kings (g6) – CBC, RDS

Wednesday April 25
TBA, Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins (g7) – CBC, RDS
TBA, San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues (g7) – TSN, RDS INFO
TBA, Chicago Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes (g7) – TSN, RDS

Thursday April 26
TBA, Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers (g7) – CBC, RDS
TBA, Florida Panthers @ New Jersey Devils (g7) – TSN, RDS INFO
TBA, Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks (g7) – CBC, RDS

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2011-12 NHL on TSN Schedule

The full 2011-12 NHL on TSN schedule was briefly published on TSN.ca for a period on Saturday afternoon. It has since been removed. I can only assume someone make a mistake. The only games listed were those featuring Canadian teams, but the breakdown was much the same as last year, so for now I’ll assume it is legit. Currently 5 Winnipeg Jets games are scheduled; however, I could see this jumping to 10 once TSN completes the deal to get regional Jets rights (apparently it still isn’t quite done). So, here you go, the 2011-12 NHL on TSN schedule. Whenever the press release comes, I’ll post it too.

October
Friday 10/7, 1:00pm – NY Rangers @ Los Angeles
Saturday 10/8, 1:00pm – NY Rangers @ Anaheim
Tuesday 10/11, 7:30pm – Minnesota @ Ottawa
Wednesday 10/12, 7:30pm – Vancouver @ Philadelphia
Thursday 10/13, 8:30pm – Winnipeg @ Chicago
Tuesday 10/18, 7:30pm – Buffalo @ Montreal
Tuesday 10/18, 10:00pm – NY Rangers @ Vancouver
Wednesday 10/19, 7:00pm – Winnipeg @ Toronto
Thursday 10/20, 7:00pm – Toronto @ Boston
Thursday 10/20, 9:30pm – NY Rangers @ Calgary
Tuesday 10/25, 7:00pm – Ottawa @ Carolina
Wednesday 10/26, 7:30pm – Philadelphia @ Montreal
Thursday 10/27, 7:00pm – Toronto @ NY Rangers
Thursday 10/27, 9:30pm – Washington @ Edmonton

November
Tuesday 11/1, 7:00pm – Ottawa @ Boston
Tuesday 11/1, 9:30pm – Vancouver @ Calgary
Wednesday 11/2, 7:30pm – Toronto @ New Jersey
Wednesday 11/9, 7:30pm – NY Rangers @ Ottawa
Thursday 11/10, 7:30pm – Toronto @ St. Louis
Wednesday 11/16, 7:00pm – Carolina @ Montreal
Wednesday 11/23, 7:00pm – Calgary @ Detroit
Friday 11/25, 1:00pm – Detroit @ Boston
Tuesday 11/29, 9:30pm – Nashville @ Calgary
Wednesday 11/30, 7:00pm – Boston @ Toronto
Wednesday 11/30, 9:30pm – Minnesota @ Edmonton

December
Wednesday 12/7, 7:00pm – Washington @ Ottawa
Wednesday 12/7, 9:30pm – Carolina @ Edmonton
Friday 12/9, 9:30pm – Colorado @ Edmonton
Wednesday 12/14, 7:30pm – Boston @ Ottawa
Thursday 12/15, 7:30pm – Philadelphia @ Montreal
Friday 12/16, 7:30pm – Toronto @ Buffalo
Tuesday 12/20, 7:30pm – Buffalo @ Ottawa
Wednesday 12/21, 7:30pm – Montreal @ Chicago
Wednesday 12/21, 10:00pm – Detroit @ Vancouver
Thursday 12/22, 9:30pm – Detroit @ Calgary
Friday 12/23, 7:00pm – Toronto @ NY Islanders
Wednesday 12/28, 10:30pm – Vancouver @ San Jose

January
Wednesday 1/4, 7:30pm – Winnipeg @ Montreal
Wednesday 1/11, 9:00pm – New Jersey @ Edmonton
Thursday 1/12, 7:00pm – Montreal @ Boston
Friday 1/13, 7:00pm – Toronto @ Buffalo
Wednesday 1/18, 7:30pm – Washington @ Montreal
Thursday 1/19, 7:00pm – Minnesota @ Toronto
Sunday 1/22, 12:30pm – BOS-PHI OR WSH-PIT
Monday 1/23, 9:30pm – San Jose @ Edmonton
Wednesday 1/25, 7:30pm – Detroit @ Montreal
Tuesday 1/31, 7:30pm – Toronto @ Pittsburgh
Tuesday 1/31, 10:00pm – Chicago @ Vancouver

February
Wednesday 2/1, 7:30pm – Pittsburgh @ Toronto
Thursday 2/2, 9:30pm – Chicago @ Edmonton
Friday 2/3, 9:00pm – Chicago @ Calgary
Wednesday 2/8, 7:30pm – Edmonton @ Detroit
Wednesday 2/8, 10:00pm – Calgary @ San Jose
Thursday 2/9, 7:00pm – Toronto @ Philadelphia
Wednesday 2/15, 7:30pm – Boston @ Montreal
Thursday 2/16, 8:30pm – Calgary @ Dallas
Friday 2/17, 8:00pm – Boston @ Winnipeg
Wednesday 2/22, 7:00pm – Washington @ Ottawa
Thursday 2/23, 7:00pm – San Jose @ Toronto
Friday 2/24, 7:00pm – Montreal @ Washington
Monday 2/27, 9:00pm – St. Louis @ Calgary
Wednesday 2/29, 8:00pm – Toronto @ Chicago

March
Friday 3/2, 7:00pm – Chicago @ Ottawa
Friday 3/2, 9:30pm – Dallas @ Edmonton
Wednesday 3/7, 7:00pm – Toronto @ Pittsburgh
Monday 3/12, 7:00pm – Montreal @ Buffalo
Monday 3/12, 9:30pm – San Jose @ Edmonton
Tuesday 3/13, 9:30pm – San Jose @ Calgary
Wednesday 3/14, 7:30pm – Ottawa @ Montreal
Wednesday 3/21, 8:00pm – Vancouver @ Chicago
Monday 3/26, 10:00pm – Los Angeles @ Vancouver
Wednesday 3/28, 7:00pm – NY Rangers @ Winnipeg
Thursday 3/29, 7:00pm – Philadelphia @ Toronto
Friday 3/30, 7:30pm – Montreal @ NY Rangers
Friday 3/30, 10:00pm – Dallas @ Vancouver

April
Tuesday 4/3, 10:00pm – Anaheim @ Vancouver
Wednesday 4/4, 7:30pm – Tampa Bay @ Montreal

The total number of games for each Canadian team is (as I said, expect Ottawa and Winnipeg to increase a bit)
Toronto – 17
Montreal – 15
Ottawa – 10
Calgary – 10
Edmonton – 10
Vancouver – 10
Winnipeg – 5

Thanks to Canadian Sports Media Blog reader “Trent” for the tip that got me looking into this. It’s appreciated.

It’s Super Tuesday… In the NHL

There are 5 NHL playoff games, all with a major impact on their series, taking place tonight. I have been channel surfing thoughout the night, and here are my thoughts as of right now.

Penguins @ Flyers – Game #4

Marc Andre Fleury stole the show again, after a lackluster game 3 on Sunday afternoon. He made all the big saves at the right time, and really won the game for the Penguins. The Flyers came out of the gate strong, but couldn’t score a single goal in the first. Then the Pens got on the board with a pair in the second. The Flyers got close, making it 2-1 late in the third, but it was too little, too late as they are now in a deep 3-1 hole heading back to Pittsburgh for Thursday night’s game (7:00pm, CBC).

Canucks @ Blues – Game #4

This was the other game I’ve watched a fair amount of, most of the third and all of OT. I know I say this a lot during the playoffs, but the story at the ScotTrade Center was also goaltending. Chris Mason and Roberto Luongo are the biggest reason why the game went 79 minutes and change. It wasn’t for lack of opportunities for either team, especially St. Louis. However Alex Burrows scored with under a minute left in the first overtime session to send Vancouver on to the second round. It is the first time in the history of the Canucks that they have swept a team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canucks could have up to ten days off before they start their Western Conference Semi Final series.

Devils @ Hurricanes – Game #4

I didn’t see a lot of this game. However, Carolina was up 3-0 halfway though. When New Jersey came back to score 3 unanswered to tie the game by the halfway point in the third. Then when the game surely looked like it was going to OT, Jussi Jokinen scored a goal on a tip in. The refs went upstairs to review the goal to see if it was in before the buzzer. After minutes of deliberation, they decided it was in fact a goal. Then Martin Broduer started to argue with the refs that he had been interfered with. Anybody who knows anything about Marty knows he doesn’t do that often, so he probably had a case. Devils commentator Chico Resch, a former goalie himself, certainly thought he did. Marty went on to slam his stick against the boards, before throwing it as he exited the ice at the RBC Center in Raleigh. Game #5 goes Thursday in Newark (7:30pm, TSN2)

Red Wings @ Blue Jackets – Game #3

It was the first ever Stanley Cup playoff game in Columbus, and it didn’t turn out too well for fans there. Detroit scored just over a minute in and never relinquished control, winning 4-1. Henrik Zetterberg scored twice. I didn’t see any of the game really, so I don’t know much more. The Wings can finish the series on Thursday (TSN, 7:00pm)

Sharks @ Ducks – Game #3

Another game I’ve saw very little of, I’m watching it now though. The Sharks are up 2-0, in what is a must win for them, midway through the second.

The Whole Playoff Picture

So we are almost through what might have been the best night of playoff hockey in recent memory and here is a quick rundown of how each series is looking. We should start with the fact that Vancouver is the first team to move to the second round. Detroit and Boston look like they will too, as both are up 3-0. The Flyers lost an important home game, and now have to win in Pittsburgh on Thursday, which is no easy task. Calgary has a really important home game tomorrow night, if they lose they will be down 3-1, while if they win the series will be tied 2-2 and Calgary will have the momentum heading back to Chicago. Carolina won an important home game, tieing their series with the Devils up at 2 heading back to Newark. The Ducks are currently winning a must win, and the Capitals need a win in The Big Apple tomorrow night.