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CBC's coverage of Stanley Cup final extends into orbit this season

The CBC's television coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup final will reach across Canada and even into orbit.

This year's series is a rematch of last year's final as the veteran defending champion Detroit Red Wings battle the young Pittsburgh Penguins. It's the first time the same two teams have played for the Cup two years in a row since the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers met in the 1984 final.

CBC will broadcast the games in high definition across Canada and send Don Cherry's Coach's Corner into space where Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk can view it while flying aboard the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft.

NBC and Versus will split the broadcasts in the U.S.

The series opens with back-to-back games Saturday (CBC, NBC, 9 p.m. ET) and Sunday (CBC, NBC) from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The time of Sunday's game has yet to be announced.

The best-of-seven will shift to Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena for Game 3 Tuesday (CBC, 8 p.m. ET) and Thursday (CBC, 8 p.m. ET).

If necessary, Game 5 will be Saturday at Detroit (CBC, NBC, 8 p.m. ET). Game 6 is scheduled for June 9 at Pittsburgh (CBC, NBC, 8 p.m. ET) and Game 7 June 12 at Detroit (CBC, NBC, 8 p.m. ET).

Jim Hughson will do the CBC play-by-play along with analyst Craig Simpson. Rinkside reporters Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake will cover the series along with analysts Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock.

The always opinionated Cherry will return to his usual spot on Coach's Corner alongside Ron MacLean in the first intermission.

Canadian hockey fans can now follow the finals on iPhone.

CBC's will also broadcast games in Punjabi, live and on demand at CBCSports.ca. Parminder Singh will handle play-by-play duties while Harnarayan Singh, will provide analysis.

Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Sirius will also offer coverage on Sirius Satellite Radio's Channel 122.

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