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West Coast denied live hockey

I generally have been sympathetic to NBC's controversial programming strategies during the Winter Olympics, including the decision to put the U.S.-Canada hockey game on MSNBC.

But not this: Today's U.S.-Switzerland quarterfinal will be seen live on NBC in the Eastern and Central Time Zones, but on a three-hour delay on the West Coast.

Hockey fans should have been careful what they wished for. This wouldn't have happened if it were on MSNBC, but local NBC affiliates have other commitments at noon.

Oy.

(The game will be available live online for fans in the West.)

Here is an item on this by the L.A. Times' Helene Elliott, a Hall of Famer and former Newsday hockey scribe.

(I filled in for her at Rangers practice when she was covering the 1988 Olympics for us in Calgary, which is why I covered Brian Leetch's first Rangers practice ever. But I digress.)

Ms. Elliott's husband, Dennis D'Agostino, a former Knicks p.r. man, was at the tribute to the 1969-70 team at the Garden Monday night.

He used to be a member of WatchDog Nation. Pre-pay wall.

Tags: NBC , hockey , Olympics , former Newsday hockey writers

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