Capitals Announce 2011 Eastern Conference
Semifinal Schedule and Broadcast Information
Comcast SportsNet will Broadcast Games 3, 4, 6 and 7 in Washington/Baltimore Area
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League announced tonight the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinal round broadcast information between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning, which begins Friday, April 29. Games 1 and 2 will be broadcast exclusively on VERSUS, while Games 3, 4, 6 and 7 will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet in the Washington/Baltimore area. Game 5, if necessary, will be broadcast nationally on NBC.
Washington defeated the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, 4-1, in the best-of-seven series. The Capitals allowed the fewest goals (eight) and had the lowest goals-against average (1.60) in the first round while killing off 19 of 20 power play opportunities (95%, third in the league). Rookie goaltender Michal Neuvirth currently leads all postseason starters in goals-against average (1.38) and is second in save percentage (.946).
During the 2010-11 regular season, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom both led the Caps with 10 points each against Tampa Bay (two goals, eight assists). Alexander Semin recorded two hat tricks, including a five-point game on Nov. 11 at Verizon Center and tallied nine points (seven goals, two assists) in four games against the Lightning. Goaltender Michal Neuvirth went 1-0-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in two games versus Tampa Bay, while Semyon Varlamov went 2-1-1 with a 1.49 GAA and a .949 SV % in four games.
The following is the complete Capitals playoff broadcast schedule in the Washington/Baltimore area for round two of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series versus the Tampa Bay Lightning:
2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Friday, April 29, 2011 7p.m. TB Lightning at Washington VERSUS, TSN
Sunday, May 1, 2011 7p.m. TB Lightning at Washington VERSUS, CBC
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 6:30p.m. Washington at TB Lightning CSN, VERSUS, TSN
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 7p.m. Washington at TB Lightning CSN, TSN
*Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:30p.m. TB Lightning at Washington NBC, TSN
*Monday, May 9, 2011 TBD Washington at TB Lightning CSN, VERSUS, TSN
*Wednesday, May 11, 2011 TBD TB Lightning at Washington CSN, VERSUS, TSN
The Capitals will practice on Thursday (10:30 a.m.) at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with media availability to follow.