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Stanley Cup playoffs Edit

Year Round Series Games covered Play-by-play Color commentators
1970 Quarterfinals Chicago-Detroit Games 1–2 Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham and Brian McFarlane
Boston-New York Rangers Games 3–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Semifinals Chicago-Boston Games 1–4 Bill Hewitt (in Chicago)
Danny Gallivan (in Boston)
Bob Goldham and Brian McFarlane (in Chicago)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Boston)
St. Louis-Pittsburgh Games 5–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
1971 Quarterfinals Boston-Montreal Games 1–7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
New York Rangers-Toronto Games 1–6 Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham and Brian McFarlane
Semifinals Montreal-Minnesota Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Chicago-NY Rangers Game 7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
1972 Quarterfinals Boston-Toronto Games 1–5 Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham and Brian McFarlane
New York Rangers-Montreal Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Minnesota-St. Louis Game 7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Semifinals Boston-St. Louis Games 3–4 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Chicago-NY Rangers Games 2–4 Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham and Brian McFarlane
1973 Quarterfinals Montreal-Buffalo Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Semifinals Montreal-Philadelphia Games 1–5 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
1974 Quarterfinals Boston-Toronto Games 1–4 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
Bob Goldham (Games 1–2, 4)
Montreal-NY Rangers Games 1–3, 5–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Semifinals Boston-Chicago Games 4, 6 Bob Cole (Game 4)
Bill Hewitt (Game 6)
Brian McFarlane
Bob Goldham (Game 6)
Philadelphia-NY Rangers Games 1–2, 4, 6–7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
1975 Preliminary round Los Angeles-Toronto Games 2–3 Bill Hewitt (Game 2)
Bob Cole (Game 3)
Brian McFarlane (Game 2)
Howie Meeker (Game 3)
Quarterfinals Philadelphia-Toronto Games 1–4 Bob Cole (in Philadelphia)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Bob Goldham (Game 1)
Brian McFarlane (Games 2–4)
Montreal-Vancouver Games 1–5 Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)
Howie Meeker (in Vancouver)
Pittsburgh-NY Islanders Game 7 Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham
Semifinals Philadelphia-NY Islanders Games 3–4, 6–7 Bill Hewitt Bob Goldham (Games 3–4, 6)
Brian McFarlane (Game 7)
Buffalo-Montreal Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
1976 Quarterfinals Montreal-Chicago Games 1–4 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Philadelphia-Toronto Games 2–7 Bob Cole (Games 2, 5)
Bill Hewitt (Games 3–4, 6–7)
Brian McFarlane
Semifinals Montreal-New York Islanders Games 1–5 Danny Gallivan (Games 1–2)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (Game 3)
Bob Cole (Games 4–5)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 1–2, 4–5)
Howie Meeker (Game 3)
Philadelphia-Boston Game 3 Bob Cole Brian McFarlane
1977 Preliminary round Pittsburgh-Toronto Games 2–3 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
Quarterfinals Montreal-St. Louis Games 1–4 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Don Marshall (Game 1)
Red Storey (Game 2)
Philadelphia-Toronto Games 1–6 Bob Cole (in Philadelphia)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Brian McFarlane
Semifinals Montreal-New York Islanders Games 1–6 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Don Marshall (Games 1–2)
Red Storey (Game 5)
Philadelphia-Boston Game 4 Bob Cole Brian McFarlane
1978 Preliminary round Buffalo-NY Rangers Game 3 Dan Kelly Brian McFarlane
Toronto-Los Angeles Games 1–2 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
Quarterfinals Montreal-Detroit Games 1–5 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Don Marshall (Games 1, 5)
Red Storey (Game 2)
New York Islanders-Toronto Games 1–6 Bob Cole (Games 1–2)
Bill Hewitt (Games 3–6)
Dan Kelly (Game 7)
Brian McFarlane
Semifinals Montreal-Toronto Games 1–4 Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)
Chico Resch (Game 1)
Bill Clement (Game 2)
Brian McFarlane (in Toronto)
Boston-Philadelphia Games 3, 5 Bob Cole Bill Clement and Brian McFarlane
1979 Preliminary round Philadelphia-Vancouver Games 1–3 Bob Cole (in Philadelphia)
Jim Robson (in Vancouver)
Howie Meeker (Games 1–2)
Gary Dornhoefer (Game 3)
Atlanta-Toronto Games 1–2 Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane
Gary Dornhoefer (Game 1)
Lou Nanne (Game 2)
Quarterfinals Montreal-Toronto Games 1–4 Danny Gallivan (in Montreal)
Bill Hewitt (in Toronto)
Gerry Pinder and Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Montreal)
Gary Dornhoefer and Brian McFarlane (in Toronto)
Philadelphia-New York Rangers Game 5 Bob Cole Gary Dornhoefer and Brian McFarlane
Semifinals Montreal-Boston Games 1–7 Danny Gallivan Dick Irvin, Jr.
Don Marshall (Games 1–3)
Gary Dornhoefer (in Boston)
Lou Nanne (Games 5, 7)

Notes Edit

  • In 1972, Hockey Night in Canada moved all playoff coverage from CBC to CTV to avoid conflict with the lengthy NABET strike against CBC. Eventually, MacLaren Advertising, in conjunction with Molson Breweries and Imperial Oil/Esso), who actually owned the rights to Hockey Night in Canada (not CBC) decided to give the playoff telecast rights to CTV. Initially, it was on a game by game basis in the quarterfinals (Game 1 of the Boston-Toronto series was seen on CFTO Toronto in full while other CTV affiliates, but not all joined the game in progress. Game 1 of the New York Rangers-Montreal series was seen only on CFCF Montreal while Game 4 not televised due to a lockout of technicians at the Montreal Forum), and then the full semifinals and Stanley Cup Finals. Because CTV did not have 100% penetration in Canada at this time, they asked CBC (who ultimately refused) to allow whatever one of their affiliates were the sole network in that market to show the playoffs. As a result, the 1972 Stanley Cup playoffs were not seen in some of the smaller Canadian markets unless said markets were close enough to the United States border to pick up the signal of a CBS affiliate.
  • When Game 7 of the 1975 playoff series between Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders took place, Bill Hewitt's Toronto Maple Leafs were already eliminated, the team of Danny Gallivan and Dick Irvin, Jr. were prepping for the Montreal-Buffalo series and Brian McFarlane was assisting NBC for their Game 1 coverage of the aforementioned Montreal-Buffalo series the next day (April 26).
  • CBC announced prior to the preliminary round of the 1976 playoffs that they would not televise any games from the opening round. As a result of this, the rights were sold back to the individual Canadian teams. Since Montreal received a bye into the quarterfinals, this impacted Toronto and Vancouver's television coverage. While CHCH and CITY both televised all 3 games of the Toronto-Pittsburgh series (with Bill Hewitt and Brian McFarlane on the call), CHAN picked up the Vancouver-New York Islanders series.
    • Game 1 of the Philadelphia-Toronto series was televised locally to Southern Ontario by CHCH.
  • Game 1 of the 1977 Pittsburgh-Toronto playoff series was seen regionally in Southern Ontario on CHCH-Hamilton.
  • Starting in the 1978 playoffs, the NHL Network began simulcasting many games with Hockey Night in Canada. In these games, Dan Kelly, who was NHL Network's lead play-by-play announcer, was assigned to do play-by-play along with HNIC color commentators. This for example, happened in Game 7 of the quarterfinal series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders (April 29), where Kelly teamed up with Brian McFarlane.