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MSG Unveils Summer Hockey Programming

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
MSG Networks are helping viewers beat the summer heat with a lineup of hockey programming including three new series and a half-hour special. The programming kicks off on MSG on Wednesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. with “Rangers Classics,” followed by the half-hour “Hockey Night Live: Free Agency Special” at 10:00 p.m. 

On MSG Plus viewers can get their Devils and Islanders coverage with “Patrik Elias: Re-writing Devils History” premiering on Thursday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m. and “Islanders Break-Out” beginning on Monday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m.

“MSG and MSG Plus own hockey in New York, and even though the ice is melted we want to make sure that area fans can get their home team fix,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks.  “As we gear up for next season fans can remember the excitement from last year with our new Rangers, Devils and Islanders shows.  And on Wednesday night our ‘Hockey Night Live’ panel of experts will break down all of the free agency moves across the NHL. The “HNL” franchise has really become a must watch for hockey fans.”

Below is further information and schedules for each of the new hockey shows on MSG and MSG Plus.

“Hockey Night Live: Free Agency Special”
Premieres on Wednesday, July 1 at 10 p.m. on MSG

The half-hour “Hockey Night Live: Free Agency Special” will break down all of the key signings of the first day of free agency, traditionally one of the most active days on the NHL calendar.  The show will focus on the three New York area hockey teams -- New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils -- as well as the Buffalo Sabres (telecast on MSG in the Buffalo area).  MSG’s lineup of hockey experts, including Ken Daneyko, Butch Goring and Dave Maloney, will provide their insight and analysis on the key signings of the day both locally and around the league. The show will be hosted by Al Trautwig. 

Rangers Classics”

Premieres on Wednesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. on MSG

MSG will relive classic New York Rangers games of the storied 1994 Stanley Cup run and significant wins of the 2008-09 seasons in the new ten episode series “Rangers Classics.”  Each episode will feature one classic game shortened to two hours, a schedule for the series is included below:

Date Program
July 1 Episode #1: NY Rangers at NJ Devils (5/25/94)
1994 Eastern Conference Finals—Game 6: Messier’s Guarantee
July 8 Episode #2: NJ Devils at NY Rangers (5/27/94)
1994 Eastern Conference Finals—Game 7 (2 OT): Matteau’s Goal
July 15 Episode #3: NY Rangers at Vancouver Canucks (6/7/94)
1994 Stanley Cup Finals—Game
July 22 Episode #4: Vancouver Canucks at NY Rangers (6/14/94)
1994 Stanley Cup Finals—Game 7: Rangers Win Stanley Cup
July 29 Episode #5: Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers (10/25/08)
Shootout win
Aug. 5 Episode #6: Colorado Avalanche at NY Rangers (2/28/09)
6-1 Win; John Totorella’s first win as Rangers’ coach
Aug. 19 Episode #7: NY Rangers at NY Islanders (3/5/09)
4-2 Win; Sean Avery’s return as a Rangers
Aug. 26 Episode #8: Montreal Canadiens at NY Rangers (4/7/09)
Crucial victory in fight for playoff spot
Sept. 2 Episode #9: Philadelphia Flyers at NY Rangers (4/9/09)
Rangers Clinch Playoff berth
Sept. 9 Episode #10: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: NY Rangers at Washington
Capitals (4/15/09) Rangers win 4-3; Lundqvist outstanding
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