STAMFORD, Conn. – June 9, 2014 – NBC Sports Group continued its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 3 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – provided comprehensive streaming coverage of Game 3.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire had the call of Game 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Coverage began at 7 p.m. ET with NBCSN and NHL Live, hosted by Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Anson Carter and Jeremy Roenick among the fans outside the Madison Square Garden concourse. Pre-game coverage included a live interview on-set with Rangers legend Mark Messier, who captained the 1994 Rangers to the Stanley Cup title for their championship since 1940.
Coverage shifted inside Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET with host Liam McHugh and former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, and included a one-on-one interview with NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.
(7-8 p.m. ET)
Messier on impact of winning Stanley Cup in ’94: “I understood the meaning of the Stanley Cup to these people…seeing three or four generations of fans.”
Milbury on Rangers’ approach to Game 3: “They know exactly how they have to play to beat the Los Angeles Kings, because they’ve done it in the first two games…the one thing they don’t want to do is sit back.”
Jones on Rangers’ need to play aggressively:” “If they sit back and try to defend, they’re in trouble against this L.A. team.”
Milbury on Kings: “They can smell it…one more win, and the Stanley Cup will be in the building.”
Olczyk on Kings’ strong start: “They’ve been so good in on the forecheck…a much better start than in Games 1 and 2.”
Emrick on Carter’s last-second goal: “A stunning goal.”
Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive interview with Kings forward Dustin Brown, who grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., a few hours outside of New York City. Brown discussed growing up among Rangers fans, and how he and the Kings draw upon inspiration from their 2012 Stanley Cup title.
Milbury on Carter’s goal: “You can’t underestimate the value of that goal. It was incredibly timely, and it’s no surprise that Justin Williams was right in the middle of it.”
Emrick on Kings’ neutralizing MSG crowd: “You can hear the music pretty well, can’t you?”
Olczyk on Rick Nash: “I think he’s played very, very well…it’s time he gets a sniff on the power play.”
Jones on Rangers penalties: “They got careless…it gave the L.A. Kings even more momentum.”
Milbury on Lundqvist’s & Rangers’ bad bounces: “No luck at all for Henrik Lundqvist…this series, no luck at all.”
Milbury on Jonathan Quick : “The kid from just down the street who’s never played here before looks like he’s going to own the joint…incredible. It’s got to be discouraging to the Rangers.”
Emrick on Kings: “When it’s going well, it’s really going well. Everything about it has gone well for the Kings.”
Emrick on Rangers’ opportunities: “The chances in the game are 24-12, a two-to-one ratio…it’s amazing what that means – nothing – when you compare it with the big board at the top of your screen.”
McGuire on Kings: “Constant communication from player to player…you don’t see (head coach Darryl Sutter) say very much, and he doesn’t have to. This team polices itself, and it’s phenomenal to watch.”
Emrick on Kings: “What a night for the City of Angels.”
Olczyk on Kings: “The Kings wanted to improve their defensive part of the game, and they did that five-on-five…a perfect road Stanley Cup Final game for the L.A. Kings.”
Milbury on Kings: “We learned that the Los Angeles Kings are clearly a better team.”
Jones on Kings: “It’s the way it should be. The Western Conference was dominant all year against the Eastern Conference…the L.A. Kings went through three very difficult opponents to get here…the L.A. Kings deserve to be up in the series, and they deserve to win the Stanley Cup.”
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–