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Here are Thursday’s Game 7 times for New York-Ottawa and Florida-New Jersey

Apr 25, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

Sens Rangers

Here’s everything you need to know — television and start time-wise, anyway — for what promises to be a nail-biting night of NHL playoff action on Thursday.

New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

— Puck drop at 7 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden.

— Game can be seen on NBC Sports Network.

Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils

— Puck drop at 8:30 p.m. ET from the BankAtlantic Center in Florida.

— Game can be seen on NHL Network to start; will be joined in progress by NBC Sports Network following the conclusion of Rangers-Senators.


— This will be the second time in four years the Rangers have gone to Game 7 in the opening round. In 2008-09, the Blueshirts lost to Washington on a late goal from Sergei Fedorov. Interestingly, only six players from that team are still with the Rangers: Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist.

— Ottawa hasn’t played a Game 7 since before the lockout. But prior to the lockout, the Sens were one of the least successful Game 7 teams around, losing to Toronto in 2002, New Jersey in 2003 and Toronto again in 2004.

— If there’s a team with a decided Game 7 advantage, it’s New Jersey. Martin Brodeur has a wealth of experience in these situations — Thursday will be his 10th Game 7 — and he’s 3-1 in his last four.

— The Panthers have played one Game 7 in franchise history: The 1996 Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh. In that game, Tom Fitzgerald, Johan Garpenlov and Mike Hough scored the goals in a 3-1 victory while John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 39 of 40 shots.

  1. scoops1 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Thanks Bettman for putting two game 7s on the same day as the draft. You could have at least had the rangers vs sens game on tonight

    • snoop0323 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      there are plenty of things wrong with nhl to blame on gary bettman, but this one isn’t his fault. knicks have a game at the garden tonight.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Not sure how there’s even a remote toss-up of which you watch….the Pats have 2 picks and I’m saying that

    • 700levelvet - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Don’t get me wrong the NFL draft is interesting,and i’m an NFL fan, but If watching a bunch of guys in suits, give a hug to GODell means as much as two game 7’s in the NHL playoffs, you have lost your manhood…….Might as well watch a Kardashian rerun………..

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    OK, get those down-thumbers ready: For those like me who had to look this up, scoops is worried about a conflict between, of all things, the NFL draft and an SCP Game 7. Even my football-crazy brother knows it is illegal to get excited about football before August. And, sorry, but I have never understood how excited people get about any draft, to do anything besides check afterward to see who went where. Because it will be at least 2 or 3 years before you can know with any certainty how all the picks panned out. So here is how this draft will go: A few players will do very well, perhaps even being HoF bound; at least one will have injury woes and soon vanish from the headlines; a couple will prove to not have what it takes to go from college to the NFL, one of whom might do well in the CFL; several will have decent NFL careers; at least one will prove to be a better player than a man and will get in serious trouble. Tune back in in 2015 to find who is who. Now enjoy the Game 7’s. :-)

  3. carpediaz - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Yeah, the Dolphins don’t pick till 9 I believe. I’ll have the Panthers game on one tv and the draft on another, mostly muted. But there is no way I’m missing game 7 of the Panthers. This is HUGE.

    • jonschrift1983 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM


  4. pasportyxlc - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Lucky forf me Im an Iggles fan so the tube will be on hockey (You can only watch your team piss away draft picks for so many years before it gets old)… pick away Fat Andy….I’ll be flippin back and forth between Jersey and Sens games…….

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