Bob Costas goes one-on-one with Sidney Crosby on 'Costas Tonight'
NBC Sports Group continues its NHL regular-season coverage this week with three matchups, highlighted by a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals when the Boston Bruins visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on "Wednesday Night Rivalry" at 8 p.m. on NBCSN. Coverage of Bruins-Penguins begins Tuesday with the latest episode of "NHL Rivals" at 10:30 p.m., followed by Bob Costas' sit-down with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the latest installment of "Costas Tonight" at 11 p.m., on NBCSN.
Wednesday's matchup between the Bruins and Penguins is their first meeting since Boston swept Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Finals in June, holding the Penguins to just two goals in four games. The Penguins currently lead the Metropolitan Division, while the Bruins sit two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs for the Atlantic Division lead.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike "Doc" Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning "Inside-the-Glass" analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
This week's NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tonight at 7:30 p.m., when the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens. Emrick and McGuire will call the live action from Madison Square Garden in New York.
NBCSN's NHL game coverage continues on Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week's Canadiens-Rangers, Lightning-Devils, and Bruins-Penguins matchups.
"NHL Live," NBC Sports Group's live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins one hour before all games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh will host "NHL Live" with former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick from the International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.
'Costas Tonight' with Sidney Crosby
Pittsburgh Penguins captain, 2009 Stanley Cup champion, and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Sidney Crosby sits down with 25-time Emmy Award-winner Costas for the newest edition of "Costas Tonight," to debut on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 11 p.m. on NBCSN. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of "Costas Tonight" Wednesday at 11 p.m.
The interview was filmed in Suite 66 at the CONSOL Energy Center, an ice-level suite in the Penguins' home arena, which is themed to Penguins legend Mario Lemieux.
Following are excerpts from Costas' interview with Crosby:
Crosby on his relationship with Lemieux: "He's meant a lot. In my first year, (I) had the opportunity to live with him and learn a lot pretty early. I'm glad I had him around and had a chance to play with him ... that made a big difference, especially early on."
Crosby on overtime goal against Team USA in 2010 Vancouver Games to clinch gold medal: "Scoring an overtime-winning goal in your own country, playing for Canada, a country that's so passionate about hockey - it's pretty special. ... Playing for Canada, we always know that expectations are high. But being in Canada, in the Winter Olympics, we knew we had to find a way."
Crosby on Russian LGBT Laws and 2014 Sochi Games: "Growing up in Canada, that's something I never even really thought about or discussed - it didn't matter. Anyone had the opportunity to play a sport, and to go through that was something that was a learning experience for me. I never even thought that's something that would come up."
Crosby on his history with concussions: "I look back to the first time I came back from the concussion, and I almost overdid it. I almost hit guys more than I typically would. I went into those areas probably when I didn't need to almost to prove to yourself that, 'Hey, everything's good.' "