2011 Approval Ratings – Kevin Paul Dupont

Kevin Paul Dupont is the national hockey writer for The Boston Globe.

Dupont enjoys using nicknames for players and cities, and has been picking up steam on his Twitter account, which for awhile there seemed exclusively devoted to complaining about having to sit near small children and clueless parents on airplanes.

He  started his writing career with the Boston Herald-American back in 1977. He covered the Red Sox to start out with, and did more Bruins coverage as time went by. In 1983 he joined The New York Times and stayed there for a couple of years before coming on board with the Globe in 1985.

He was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame as a recipient of the 2002 Elmer Ferguson & Foster Hewitt Award. He has also covered 10 Olympic games for the Globe during his career at the paper.

In recent years there had been several rumors about Dupont leaving the Globe, either as part of one of the buyouts, or to join another site. I had people swear to me that he was leaving the Globe to join CSNNE.com when that site expanded. Through it all, Dupont is still at the Globe, and with the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, it’s good to have a reporter with his experience here locally.

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Boston Is Once Again The Hub of Hockey

The Bruins have captured the attention of New England, and Boston is once again at the center of the hockey world with the Bruins getting ready to start the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow night in Vancouver.  

Bruins facing balanced skaters – Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins will need a repeat of their Fen 26th performance in Vancouver.

Double trouble at Canucks’ core – With Vancouver a 1-2 favorite over the Bruins in this series, Mick Colageo looks at what makes them so dangerous.

Scouting report: Bruins vs. Canucks – James Murphy concludes that this is a pretty even matchup.

Mark Recchi’s great escape – Ron Borges has the 22-year veteran ready to call it a career with a Bruins win.

Thornton, Recchi share Cup experiences – Joe Haggerty has the two Bruins with championships lending wisdom to their teammates.  

Claude Julien’s way puts hit on critics – Dan Duggan’s notebook in the Herald has the Bruins coach answering his critics with his team’s success. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins glad to have Dennis Seidenberg in this postseason.

Get all the Bruins news at BruinsLinks.com.

Jon Lester loses control in loss to White Sox – Mike Fine has the Sox lefty struggling through a poor outing against the White Sox.

Finding his voice: Don Orsillo has gone from rookie to respected broadcaster – Brian MacPherson has a feature on the NESN Red Sox broadcaster.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s seeing stars – John Tomase’s notebook has the Red Sox centerfielder headed for a All Star season. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam and Danny Picard have Adrian Gonzalez getting the better of his former Padre teammate, Jake Peavy. The Globe notes from Michael Vega have more on Gonzalez, The ProJo Red Sox Journal has the Padres liking what they’ve seen thus far from the prospects they received for Gonzalez. The Patriot Ledger notes from Mike Fine has the Sox actually getting a little lucky with injuries.

Undrafted And Locked Out: Rookie Free Agents Await The Call – Chris Warner of Patriots Daily talks to four undrafted players who he feels would be good fits for the Patriots to see what their life in limbo right now is like.

Local and National Stanley Cup Finals Coverage

Here is a roundup of the local and national coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.

From the NHL:

2011 STANLEY CUP FINAL TO FEATURE VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS. BOSTON BRUINS

NEW YORK (May 27, 2011) – The 2011 Stanley Cup Final will feature the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins.

Based on their superior regular-season performance, the Canucks will host Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.  Games Three and Four will be hosted by the Bruins, as well as game Six, if necessary.

NBC will telecast Games One and Two and, if necessary, Games Five through Seven of the best-of-seven series in the U.S., while VERSUS will broadcast Games Three and Four. In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. All games also will be carried on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

NHL Network, the League’s 24-hour, all-access pass to the most comprehensive hockey coverage, will feature special programming surrounding the Stanley Cup Final.  NHL.com will continue to provide extensive digital coverage.

2011 Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Game                Date                 Time (ET)        Vancouver vs. Boston                Networks
Game 1                Wed., June 1        8:00 p.m.         Boston at Vancouver                CBC, NBC, RDS

Game 2                Sat., June 4        8:00 p.m.         Boston at Vancouver                CBC, NBC, RDS

Game 3                Mon., June 6        8:00 p.m.         Vancouver at Boston                   VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Game 4                Wed., June 8         8:00 p.m.         Vancouver at Boston                VERSUS, CBC, RDS

*Game 5        Fri., June 10          8:00 p.m.         Boston at Vancouver                CBC, NBC, RDS

*Game 6        Mon., June 13        8:00 p.m.         Vancouver at Boston                NBC, CBC, RDS

*Game 7        Wed., June 15        8:00 p.m.        Boston at Vancouver                 CBC, NBC, RDS

* – If necessary
All times listed are Eastern Time

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From NESN:
NESN ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND BRUINS COVERAGE FOR STANLEY CUP FINAL

Daily Live Coverage Begins Tuesday, May 31 with Series Preview

 

BOSTON, MA – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will expand its coverage of the Bruins during the Stanley Cup Final to include daily live shows beginning with a special series preview edition of Bruins Face-Off LIVE on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. NESN.com, already the region’s most popular hockey site, will also enhance its Bruins coverage for the Stanley Cup Final with more daily reports, expert opinions, cutting-edge analysis, original videos and other interactive features.

 

“As NESN’s ratings have shown, New England’s sports fans are supporting the Bruins in record numbers this season while relying on our team of experts since training camp opened in September for the most knowledgeable and in-depth coverage,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO.  “With the Bruins now in the Stanley Cup Final we are excited to deliver an unprecedented amount of live coverage with up-to-the minute reports on NESN.com.”

 

NESN’s daily live Bruins programming will consist of pre and post-game coverage before and after every game along with special editions of Bruins Face-Off LIVE airing on the team’s off days.  For Bruins home games, Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess will continue to originate from NESN’s TD Garden studio.  After each game, Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE will feature interviews and instant reaction from NESN’s team of hockey analysts.

 

NESN’s Bruins studio host Kathryn Tappen will be joined by studio analysts Gord Kluzak, Barry Pederson, and play-by-play voice Jack Edwards throughout the series. Bruins game analyst Andy Brickley, rink-side reporter Naoko Funayama and NESN.com beat writer Doug Flynn will travel with the team to deliver in-arena coverage from Vancouver.

 

NESN’s Bruins Stanley Cup Final Programming Schedule

Tuesday, May 31 Bruins Face-Off LIVE (30 min. preview special) 5:30 PM
 

Wednesday, June 1

Game 1 Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by HESS (90 min.) 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Thursday, June 2

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Friday, June 3

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Saturday, June 4

Game 2 Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Sunday, June 5

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 9:30 PM
 

 

Monday, June 6

Game 3 Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by HESS (90 min.) 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Tuesday, June 7

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Wednesday, June 8

Game 4 Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Thursday, June 9

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Friday, June 10

Game 5* Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Saturday, June 11

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:00 PM
 

Sunday, June 12

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:00 PM
 

Monday, June 13

Game 6* Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by HESS (90 min.) 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM
 

Tuesday, June 14

Bruins Face-Off LIVE 5:30 PM
 

Wednesday, June 15

Game 7* Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by HESS 6:30 PM
Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE 10:45 PM

 

*= If Necessary

From Comcast SportsNet:

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO OFFER COMPREHENSIVE NIGHTLY AND GAME-DAY COVERAGE OF BRUINS-CANUCKS STANLEY CUP FINALS

BURLINGTON, MA – The Boston Bruins have returned to the Stanley Cup Finals and seek their first Cup since 1972. Comcast SportsNet will offer the region’s most comprehensive coverage of the series before and after the nationally exclusive telecasts on either NBC or VERSUS.
 Comcast SportsNet’s nightly coverage of the Bruins-Canucks series will begin every evening at 6:00 p.m. with Chevrolet SportsNet Central. Anchors/reporters Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh and CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty will provide extensive nightly reports. The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont, 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bob Beers and VERSUS/NBC hockey analysts are expected to contribute to Comcast SportsNet’s nightly and game night coverage.

As a lead-in to NBC’s and VERSUS’ game-night coverage, Comcast SportsNet will also host a one-hour Chevrolet SportsNet Central Extra at 7:00 p.m. with Michael Felger and Tony Amonte in-studio previewing the game and Giardi, Walsh and Haggerty reporting live from inside the arena.  NBC is airing Games 1, 2 and VERSUS games 3 and 4. If necessary, NBC will provide coverage of games 5, 6 and 7. All telecasts begin 8 p.m.

Following every NBC and VERSUS national high-definition telecast, Comcast SportsNet will host a one-hour post-game Chevrolet SportsNet Central Extra, which will feature in-depth analysis and player interviews along with player and coach press conferences.

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage will also extend to CSNNE.com where Giardi and Haggerty will file post-game editions of the Great American Hockey Show after each Bruins-Canucks game. CSNNE.com will also feature an in-depth “Game Story” package following each game that features a game summary, player(s) of the game profile; analysis on the game’s “turning point” and a “by the numbers” breakdown.

The Comcast SportsNet live coverage surrounding NBC’s and VERSUS’ game telecasts is as follows:

Wednesday, June 1
6 p.m. –  SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Bruins vs. Canucks Game 1 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Saturday, June 4
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central (Live)
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra (Live)
8 p.m. – Bruins vs. Canucks Game 2 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central (Live)

Monday, June 6
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Canucks vs. Bruins Game 3 on VERSUS
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Wednesday, June 8
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Canucks vs. Bruins Game 4 on VERSUS
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Friday, June 10*
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Bruins vs. Canucks Game 5 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Monday, June 13*
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. –  Canucks vs. Bruins Game 6 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central

Wednesday, June 15
6 p.m. – SportsNet Central
7 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
8 p.m. – Bruins vs. Canucks Game 7 on NBC
11 p.m. – SportsNet Central Extra
12 p.m. – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight
1 a.m. – SportsNet Central
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