Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was incredibly fun (or debilitating sadness). The league set a new record for first round overtime games at 18 total.
The Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, and New York Rangers all moved on to the semi-finals.
Here’s the schedule for Round 2:
May the best man-children win!
We have some good news to report in the world of women’s hockey!
The NWHL and the American Broadcasting Corporation (a.k.a. ABC) have announced a partnership to live stream games from the Isobel Cup playoffs. Games will be available on ABCNews.com/Live and the ABC News app.
Puck Daddy was told there should be no issues for our friends in Canada to stream the games.
“We’re proud that ABC has partnered with us during this big week in our league’s young history,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan said via press release. “We’re very appreciative of ABC News for its support of the NWHL and women’s hockey.”
It starts on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST with the semi-final match-up between the No. 2 New York Riveters and No. 3 Buffalo Beauts from Barnabas Health Hockey House in New Jersey. It’s a one game, winner-take-all.
The victor heads to the Isobel Cup final on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST from Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
They’ll meet the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 1 Boston Pride and No. 4 Connecticut Whale. This game will be streamed through the NWHL website at 7:30 p.m. EST.
ESPN got back in the hockey game by purchasing the broadcast right for the World Cup of Hockey this coming September. Much was made about the sports media monolith throwing the full weight of the network behind the coverage.
Based on the viewing schedule for the 12 pre-tournament games, the indication is the full weight of the network will have to wait until the actual tournament starts.
Of the 12 pre-tournament games: one will be broadcasted on ESPN; two on ESPN2; one on ESPNU; and eight on ESPN3. For those not familiar with ESPN3, it is the online streaming wing of the network (i.e. not on regular TV).