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U.S. hockey game to be live on NBC on Friday

February 24, 2010 |  4:40 pm

NBC announced Wednesday afternoon that Friday's Olympic semifinal hockey game between the U.S. and the winner of Wednesday night's game between Finland and the Czech Republic will be broadcast live in all time zones, including the Pacific zone. It will begin at noon PST on Friday.

The Canada-Russia game is being shown live now on CNBC (Canada leads, 7-3, after two periods) and the Czech Republic-Finland game is also live on CNBC beginning at 7 PST tonight.

Sunday's gold-medal hockey game is so far scheduled to be tape delayed in the Pacific time zone at 3 p.m. (the game starts at noon). 

As a historical note, the Beijing Olympics gold-medal basketball game was also scheduled to be tape delayed, but when the U.S. made the finals, NBC did show the game live at 4 a.m. So all of you U.S.  hockey fans who have been e-mailing and asking, there is still hope.

In any case, all of the hockey games are available via a live streaming broadcast at nbcolympics.com. Watched the U.S.-Switzerland game that way Wednesday afternoon. It was a worthwhile endeavor. The quality of the picture was excellent (the sound on my laptop not so much but can't blame that on NBC).

-- Diane Pucin