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CONFERENCE FINALS COVERAGE CONTINUES ON OLN

Thursday, 05.18.2006 / 3:32 PM / News
Arizona Coyotes

THE QUEST FOR THE CUP:
OLN ANNOUNCES NHL CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE

STAMFORD, CT (May 18, 2006) - OLN, the cable home of the National Hockey League, today announced the network's schedule for exclusive coverage of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals.  The Western Conference Final begins Friday, May 19 at 9 p.m. ET when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks host the Edmonton Oilers.  Eastern Conference Final coverage on OLN begins with Game 2 on Monday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the Buffalo Sabres at the Carolina Hurricanes.  Each week night, OLN features approximately six hours of hockey content, which includes game coverage as well as a studio wrap-up show.

OLN has aired extensive coverage of the Quarterfinal and Semifinal rounds, and anticipates airing up to 13 exclusive, hi-def Conference Finals games, as well as the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.  The number of playoff games will vary depending upon the length of each individual series.  In addition to game coverage, the network added hockey-themed programming to run throughout the playoffs.  From documentaries and dramatic films to classic games and original series, hockey fans are able to satisfy their hockey cravings at OLN and OLNTV.com which, from April 21 - June 7, have become "Hockey Central" as 16 teams, now down to four, go to battle during The Quest for the Cup.  In total, OLN will present more than 260 hours of hockey and hockey-themed content.

The complete schedule for NHL Playoffs Conference Finals follows (all games exclusive, offered in HD, subject to change):

DAY
TIME
GAME
CONFERENCE
Friday, May 19
9:00 p.m. ET
Edmonton at Anaheim, Game 1
Western
Sunday, May 21
9:00 p.m. ET
Edmonton at Anaheim, Game 2
Western
Monday, May 22
7:30 p.m. ET
Buffalo at Carolina, Game 2
Eastern
Tuesday, May 23
8:00 p.m. ET
Anaheim at Edmonton, Game 3
Western
Wednesday, May 24
7:30 p.m. ET
Carolina at Buffalo, Game 3
Eastern
Thursday, May 25
8:00 p.m. ET
Anaheim at Edmonton, Game 4
Western
Friday, May 26
7:30 p.m. ET
Carolina at Buffalo, Game 4
Eastern
Saturday, May 27
9:00 p.m. ET*
Edmonton at Anaheim, Game 5
Western
Sunday, May 28
7:30 p.m. ET*
Buffalo at Carolina, Game 5
Eastern
Monday, May 29
8:00 p.m. ET*
Anaheim at Edmonton, Game 6
Western
Tuesday, May 30
7:30 p.m. ET*
Carolina at Buffalo, Game 6
Eastern
Wednesday, May 31
9:00 p.m. ET*
Edmonton at Anaheim, Game 7
Western
Thursday, June 1
7:30 p.m. ET*
Buffalo at Carolina, Game 7
Eastern

*Games subject to change as best of seven series may be over

THE GAMES:
During the conference finals, which will take place from May 19-June 1, the network will present both series, anywhere between 7 and 13 games, depending on series outcomes.  OLN's Stanley Cup coverage will culminate with the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final on June 5 and June 7.  The network will also take advantage of hi-definition technology, presenting both series in the conference finals in HD.  Games one and two of the Stanley Cup Final will also be available in hi def.  Throughout the playoffs, OLN will, when feasible, simulcast games from Canadian networks and domestic regional networks covering the playoffs, thereby giving hockey fans access to even more playoffs action.

VOD:
Each night OLN features a playoff match up, the network will deliver a condensed highlight version of the game that will be distributed via the network's VOD platform.  These will be available the morning after game play, so that hockey fans who may have missed the game the night before can make sure they do not miss out on the action.

OLNTV.com:
OLN's Web site will continue to provide exhaustive information about the NHL and The Quest for the Cup, including editorial coverage from some of the most knowledgeable hockey sources.  For the playoffs, specifically, the Web site will ramp up daily coverage to include highlights from all of OLN's games as well as daily insider video featuring OLN's talent.  Each night after the studio show, OLN's talent will film Web-exclusive content that will give an insider scoop on what has happened to-date in the playoffs, as well as their predictions for the future.

OLN (OLNTV.com) is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events like The Tour de France, the America's Cup, the Dakar Rally, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Arena Football League (AFL), the Boston Marathon, AMA Motocross, Davis Cup and USSA Skiing. Now in more than 69 million homes, the network features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can't find elsewhere. The network offers unique, competition-themed original programming and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.  The network will be changing its name to Versus as of September 2006.

 
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