2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 3 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nbc-sports-groupSTAMFORD, 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.

NHL Live

(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.”

Pre-Game

Milbury on Kings: “They can smell it…one more win, and the Stanley Cup will be in the building.”

First Period

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.”

First Intermission

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.”

Second Period

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.”

Second Intermission

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.”

Third Period

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.”

Post-Game

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–

Day 55 – New York Rangers Host Los Angeles Kings In Game 3 Of Stanley Cup Final Tonight At 8 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoJosh Elliott One-on-One Interview with Kings Defenseman Drew Doughty, Live Pre-Game Interview with Rangers Legend Mark Messier

Rangers-Kings Game 2 Registers 6.4 Million Viewers – Best Game 2 on Record, Wins Primetime for NBC on Saturday Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 9, 2014 – The New York Rangers look to regain momentum in front of a raucous Madison Square Garden crowd tonight when they host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive 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 will have the call of Game 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, co-hosted by Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter on-site from Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s pre-game coverage will also include an exclusive one-on-one interview with NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, as well as a live interview with Rangers legend Mark Messier, who captained the 1994 Rangers to the Stanley Cup title.

The Rangers look to bounce back with a Game 3 victory in the first Stanley Cup Final game at Madison Square Garden since Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win their first championship since 1940. The Rangers return to New York in a 0-2 hole despite never having trailed during the first two games of the series.

In Games 1 and 2, New York jumped out to two-goal leads in the first period, only to see the Kings come back and eventually force overtime. The Rangers carried a 4-2 lead into the third period of Game 2 before Dwight King and former Ranger Marian Gaborik scored to tie the game. The score stayed even until the midway point of double overtime, when Kings captain Dustin Brown deflected Willie Mitchell’s point shot past Henrik Lundqvist to move Los Angeles within two wins of its second Stanley Cup in three years.

RANGERS-KINGS GAME 2 IS MOST-WATCHED GAME 2 ON RECORD WITH 6.4 MILLION AVERAGE VIEWERS

Saturday night’s Game 2 (7:15-11:45 p.m. ET), in which the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime to take a 2-0 series lead, averaged 6.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched Game 2 on record (since at least 1994). The game was up 60% vs. last year’s Game 2 on NBCSN (Bruins-Blackhawks, 4.0 million), and up 121% vs. 2012’s Game 2 on NBC that also featured the Kings (Kings-Devils, 2.9 million).

Viewership for the game peaked in the final quarter-hour (11:30-11:45 p.m. ET) with 7.6 million viewers. The 7:15-7:30 pre-game quarter-hour, which immediately followed Belmont Stakes coverage, averaged 9.1 million viewers. The game delivered a 3.7 HH rating.

Game 2 dominated primetime. NBC was No. 1 for the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in A18-49 (2.0) and all other key measures. Game 2 ranked No. 1 in A18-49 in all six primetime half-hours, beat the other major broadcast networks combined in A18-49 rating (2.0 vs. 1.5).

New York delivered a 10.5 HH rating for Game 2, the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBC or NBCSN in the market, and up from a 10.1 for Game 1, which was the previous record. Los Angeles scored a 8.9 HH rating, the second-highest such game ever in Los Angeles, behind only the 2012 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 (13.6), which was when the Kings clinched their first-ever championship. L.A. did a 7.1 HH rating for Game 1.

Last night’s Game 2, which ended in the second overtime, delivered 9.0 million minutes of live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra, the most ever for an NHL game, according to Adobe Analytics. It surpassed last year’s Stanley Cup Final triple-overtime Game 1, which produced 8.9 million minutes of consumption. Game 2 was watched by 219,677 unique viewers.

TOP METERED MARKETS FOR STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 2

1.      New York 10.5/21
2.      Los Angeles 8.9/21
3.      Buffalo 8.1/17
4.      Boston 6.9/14
5.      Minneapolis 6.4/14
6.      West Palm Beach 5.8/11
7.      Providence 5.6/11
8.      Pittsburgh 5.5/11
9.      Las Vegas 5.3/10
10.   Chicago 4.9/10
10.   San Diego 4.9/12
10.   St. Louis 4.9/9

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 13
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 90

One-goal Games: 43
OT games: 25

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 2 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nhl_nbc_2STAMFORD, Conn. – June 7, 2014 – NBC Sports Group continued its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 2 featuring the New York Rangers at the Los Angeles Kings on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – provided comprehensive streaming coverage of Game 2.

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 2 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Coverage began at 7:20 p.m. ET immediately following NBC’s presentation of the 146th Belmont Stakes from Elmont, N.Y. Liam McHugh hosted intermission coverage alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

First Period

Emrick on 1st period physicality: “The ‘H’ in hockey stands for ‘hitting.’”

First Intermission

Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive interview with Kings forward Justin Williams, who scored the game-winning overtime goal in Game 1. The veteran forward scored in all three of the Kings’ Game 7 wins this postseason, is 7-0 in his career in Game 7s, and has posted an NHL-record 14 points in those seven games.

Milbury on Ryan McDonagh: “His teammates call him a Mack truck…he sure hit like one in the first period, and he spearheaded the Rangers in physicality. Alain Vigneault’s looking for the ‘A’ game…he brought the ‘A’ game with a little bit of nasty.”

Second Period

Emrick on Kings’ prolific offense this postseason: “Kopitar, Carter and Williams are the top three point-getters in the league, all three are Los Angeles Kings, and all three are on different lines – the definition of scoring balance.”

Emrick on Brassard’s goal to regain two-goal lead: “A quick turn of events in 11 seconds…the quickest two goals in a Stanley Cup Final in 67 years.”

McGuire on Rangers’ quickness: “Omnipresent speed from the Rangers…it’s everybody.”

Second Intermission

Milbury on Quick misplay behind his net, leading to fourth Rangers goal: “Jonathan Quick is going to look back at that goal and shake his head…if you’re going to go out and commit to playing the puck, you’ve got to be a little more definitive than that. He cost the Kings.”

Jones on Rangers’ forecheck: “It was aggressive early in this game, and it got aggressive again when they needed the momentum back.”

Milbury on Rangers: “This team has outplayed the Los Angeles Kings for all but the third period in the first game. They look fresher, more determined – and that says something about the Kings.”

Third Period

McGuire on Dwight King’s contact with Lundqvist on controversial third goal: “Absolutely – that’s definitely goalie interference, especially considering we had one called earlier.”

Overtime Intermission

Milbury on King’s contact with Lundqvist: “I wouldn’t want to be the guy with a whistle on this one…I could see justification for going either way with this one.”

Milbury on Rangers: “They sat back in the third period…the exact opposite of what they should have done.”

Overtime

Emrick on overtime hockey: “It is fun because it matters…close calls are part of what makes the sport exhilarating.”

Emrick on overtime hockey: “If you love the sport, but you don’t care who wins, this is fun. If you do, it’s agony.”

Second Overtime Intermission

McHugh on first overtime: “It is chaos out there – and it is exquisite.”

Jones on importance of Game 2 for Rangers: “The longer this game goes, the more important it is for the New York Rangers to win. If they lose this game late, they’re not coming back here to L.A. for another one.”

Second Overtime

Olczyk on Dustin Brown game-winner: “An overtime winner for the Kings’ captain.”

Post-Game

Roenick on the Kings: “I can honestly say I’ve never seen a team as resilient and battles back as well as this L.A. Kings team does.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 1 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nhl_nbc_2STAMFORD, Conn. – June 4, 2014 – NBC Sports Group began its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 1 featuring the New York Rangers at the Los Angeles Kings on NBC.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) called the game from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick missed Game 1 due to a death in his family, and will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

Coverage began at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live led by host Dave Briggs, alongside analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, on-site outside of the STAPLES Center. Coverage shifted inside the arena at 7:30 p.m. ET with host Liam McHugh,who was joined by analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

Pre-game coverage also featured reporter Carolyn Manno on-site at Bryant Park in New York City, where the New York Rangers hosted a viewing party for Game 1 for more than 10,000 fans. Manno interviewed former Rangers Adam Graves and Stephane Matteau, who were members of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champions. NBC’s coverage featured shots of Rangers fans at Bryant Park following Rangers goals throughout the game.

Game coverage began at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, and included excerpts from Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault’s pre-game speech inside the New York locker room.

NHL Live (7-8 p.m. ET)

Carter on Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards: “Their leadership has been instrumental to this team getting this far in the playoffs.”

Roenick on Henrik Lundqvist: “If he is not the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, the Rangers are not winning this series.”

Milbury on Drew Doughty: “All due respect to Ryan McDonagh, Shea Weber, Zdeno Chara, other great defensemen…Drew Doughty is the best defenseman in the National Hockey League.”

Jones on Kings: “A superstar center in Anze Kopitar, a superstar defenseman in Drew Doughty, a superstar goaltender in Jonathan Quick – that’s why they’re favored.”

Game (8 p.m. ET)

Pre-Game

Olczyk: “I think you’ve got the two best goaltenders in the National Hockey League in Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick…you need a big save, you look to Quick or Lundqvist.”

First Period

McGuire: “This is a part of the game that I’m not sure the L.A. Kings were prepared for. These guys are a lot quicker than the teams they played against out West…the New York Rangers are winning the track meet right now.”

First Intermission

Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive one-on-one interview with Pierre McGuire and Martin St. Louis. St. Louis discussed his mid-season trade from Tampa Bay to New York, and how the Rangers rallied around him and provided support following the passing of his mother midway through the playoffs.

Click here to watch McGuire’s sit-down with St. Louis: http://www.nbcsports.com/video/all?guid=IErm7J8naxngxaExSFP_ijftUfD0kjC9

McHugh: “Somebody forgot to tell the Rangers that the Kings were the favorite.”

Milbury on Carl Hagelin goal: “…a display of ludicrous speed.”

Second Period

McGuire: “The Rangers’ speed is very apparent here in Game 1.”

Olczyk on Kings’ ability to erase early deficits: “I don’t think that’s the plan that Darryl Sutter would like…but it’s working.”

Olczyk on Ryan McDonagh: “The confidence level of Ryan McDonagh has certainly gone to another level…asked to do a little bit more under this coaching regime and the philosophy in which the Rangers are playing.”

Second Intermission

Jones on Rangers: “I know they blew a 2-0 lead, but I’ve liked their physical play in this game…you’ve got to go after the stars.”

Milbury: “This is a game the Rangers need to win.”

Third Period

Olczyk on frantic finish to regulation: “Absolutely incredible last 30 seconds for the Rangers and Kings.”

Overtime Intermission

Milbury on Hagelin: “This guy should be running in the Belmont.”

Milbury on finish to regulation: “This is wild. Talk about two teams going for it. Nothing better than this. Nothing more fun than this. Nothing more exciting than this.”

Overtime

Albert on Justin Williams’ game-winning goal: “Mr. Game 7 becomes the hero in Game 1 in Los Angeles.”

Post-Game

Jones on Kings: “Some great adjustments by Darryl Sutter…early in this game, it was all New York…they looked faster than L.A…Sutter played his fourth line a little more, juggled his lines as well, and by the end of the game, the Kings have another win, and their coach is looking like a genius.”

Roenick on Williams game-winner: “Who’da thunk it? Well, maybe everybody that knows Justin Williams in a big-time situation.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup Final Begins Tomorrow Night – Game 1 At 8 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_22014 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Day 49

Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Pierre McGuire, Sam Flood Preview Stanley Cup Final on Media Conference Call Today at 3:30 p.m. ET

Game 1 Coverage Starts Tomorrow with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 Is Most-Watched Non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff Game On Record

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2014 – The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, in the first major professional sports league final between New York and Los Angeles franchises in 33 years.

Coverage of Game 1 begins tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live on-site at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick and Jones will anchor NHL Live from inside the arena, while Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will provide commentary from a set outside of STAPLES Center.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Olczyk and McGuire will have the Game 1 call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick, who will miss Game 1 due to a death in his family, will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

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NBC Sports Group NHL analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, as well as executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings on a media conference call today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should dial 719-457-2661; passcode 6129259.

  • WHAT: 2014 Stanley Cup Final Conference Call
  • WHO: Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Keith Jones, executive producer Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Today, June 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET
  • NUMBER: 719-457-2661
  • PASSCODE: 6129259

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The Rangers advanced to the Final with a Game 6 victory on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced, and Dominic Moore scored the lone goal of the game late in the second period as New York earned a 1-0 victory in front of the Madison Square Garden faithful.

The Kings won a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday night in Chicago, overcoming deficits of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3 to eventually force overtime, before Alec Martinez’ point shot deflected off of Nick Leddy’s shoulder and past Corey Crawford to send Los Angeles to the Final.

The Kings played 21 of a possible 21 games in the first three rounds, becoming the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win three Game 7s on the road in all three series while advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers played 20 of a possible 21 games, earning Game 7 victories at home against Philadelphia and on the road in Pittsburgh, before dispatching Montreal in six games in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers’ last Stanley Cup title came in 1994, when New York defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games for its first Stanley Cup since 1940. The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games in 2012 for their first championship, and made their Stanley Cup debut in 1993 against the Canadiens.

Although this is their first encounter in the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers have faced the Kings twice in Stanley Cup Playoff history. New York defeated Los Angeles twice in preliminary round series in 1979 and 1981.

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Wed., June 4 Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Sat., June 7 Stanley Cup Final – Game 2 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 7:15 p.m.#
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

#Game 2 coverage will commence immediately following NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes.

KINGS-BLACKHAWKS GAME 7 IS MOST-WATCHED NON-STANLEY CUP FINAL NHL PLAYOFF GAME ON RECORD

As reported earlier today, The Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks Game 7 overtime thriller on Sunday night averaged 4.137 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company, making it:

  • the most-watched non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff game on record;
  • the most-watched NHL game ever on NBCSN; and
  • the most-watched non-Olympic program ever on NBCSN.

Click here for more ratings information on Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 and the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs through three rounds: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/06/03/kings-blackhawks-game-7-is-most-watched-non-stanley-cup-final-nhl-playoff-game-on-record/

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 88

One-goal Games: 41
OT games: 23

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

New York Rangers Face Los Angeles Kings In Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 Wednesday At 8 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_2Coverage of Game 1 Begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

Kings Defeat Blackhawks 5-4 in Game 7 Overtime to Advance

Notes & Quotes from Kings’ Game 7 OT Win Against Blackhawks

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 2, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the Stanley Cup Final begins with Game 1 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 5-4 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks, as Alec Martinez’s point shot deflected past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford to send the Kings to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years. With the win, the Kings became the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win three Game 7s on the road in all three series while advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings will look to earn their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, after defeating the New Jersey Devils in six games in 2012 for their first ever title. The Rangers aim for their first Stanley Cup title in 20 seasons, when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in 1994 for their first championship since 1940.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the Game 1 call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who will miss Game 1 due to a death in his family, will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

Host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick will anchor NHL Live from inside STAPLES Center, while Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will comment from a set outside the arena.

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Wed., June 4 Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Sat., June 7 Stanley Cup Final – Game 2 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 7:30 p.m.#
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

#Game 2 coverage will commence immediately following NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes.

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NOTES AND QUOTES – KINGS-BLACKHAWKS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 7

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (Inside the Glass analyst) called last night’s Kings-Blackhawks game on NBCSN, while NBCSN’s NHL Live studio team featured host Liam McHugh, and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

Following are quotes from Sunday night’s Game 7 coverage between the Kings and Blackhawks:

Albert on game-winning goal: “Martinez with a shot – it’s in! The Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. The shot by Martinez deflected and beat Crawford – it’ll be the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.”

Martinez to Brian Engblom following game-winning goal: “We never say die. I think someone described us a bunch of cockroaches – we just don’t go way. If that’s our M.O., it’s fine with me.”

Micheletti on the Kings: “The resolve of the L.A. Kings, we’ve talked about so often…they trailed 2-0, then 3-2, 4-3 in the third before scoring late…incredible…a team that never stops. They never lose their confidence.”

Milbury on Kings-Blackhawks dramatic Western Conference Final: “It’s just about as good as it gets for a hockey fan.”

McHugh following the third period: “Let’s be honest – there was pretty much no way this one wasn’t going to overtime.”

Milbury on Kings-Blackhawks: “It’s sad that it’s over, because it was so much fun to watch this thing. It’s sad to think that Chicago has their heads down in the locker room. They have to be inconsolable, and they’ll stay that way for a while. But in time, they’ll realize they were a part of one special series.”

Jones on effect of grueling seven-game series: “Good news for the Rangers that it went to seven games…it gives the Rangers some hope. It was big that it was an overtime game.”

Jones on Kings’ Marian Gaborik, who leads all players in goals in 2014 postseason: “That trade for Marian Gaborik was simply perfect…Gaborik found a way to break through…I’m pretty sure he’ll be looking forward to matching up against the New York Rangers.”

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 88

One-goal Games: 41
OT games: 23

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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Days 45-47 – Kings Can Advance To Stanley Cup Final With Win Tonight Against Blackhawks In Los Angeles

NBCSN_LogoCoverage of Blackhawks-Kings Game 6 Begins Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Winner of Western Conference Faces New York Rangers in Stanley Cup Final

Rangers Defeat Canadiens in Game 6 to Reach First Stanley Cup Final in 20 Years

All Games Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 30, 2014 –The Los Angeles Kings can advance to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years, and set up a showdown with the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers, with a Game 6 win tonight against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Tonight’s coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live streaming coverage of tonight’s Western Conference Final action, starting at 8 p.m. ET with NHL Live.

A win tonight would send the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 last night in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden, as Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves to earn the shutout. A Blackhawks victory tonight would force a Game 7 showdown back in Chicago on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Blackhawks forced Game 6 with a thrilling 5-4 double-overtime win on Wednesday, despite relinquishing leads of 2-0 and 3-1 during the game. Ben Smith tied the game at four early in the third period, and the game remained even until the 2:04 mark of double overtime, when veteran forward Michal Handzus beat Jonathan Quick to keep the Blackhawks alive and send the series back to L.A. Patrick Kane was a catalyst for the Blackhawks, recording assists on four of Chicago’s five goals, after recording just one point in the first four games of the series.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (“Inside the Glass” analyst) will have the call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

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THE PASS – FRIDAY, MAY 30 & SUNDAY, JUNE 1 (All times ET)

FRIDAY, MAY 30
Time Coverage Network Commentators
8 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
9 p.m. Game 6 – Chicago at Los Angeles NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom
SATURDAY, MAY 31- NO GAMES
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
8 p.m. Game 6 – Chicago at Los Angeles NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom

RANGERS DEFEAT CANADIENS IN GAME 6 TO REACH FIRST STANLEY CUP FINAL IN 20 YEARS

After allowing four goals on 19 shots and being pulled midway through the second period in Game 5, Henrik Lunqdvist showed why he’s nicknamed simply “The King,” stopping 18 shots last night in Game 6 to shut out the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 at Madison Square Garden and send the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. Dominic Moore scored the lone goal of the game late in the second period, proving to be difference-maker. In their last Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1994, the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games for their first title in 54 years.

The Rangers will face the winner of the Blackhawks-Kings series, and will begin the Stanley Cup Final either in Chicago or Los Angeles on June 4. Times and networks for the Stanley Cup Final will be announced at a later date.

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 58
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 86

One-goal Games: 39
OT games: 22

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including the comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

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Day 35 – Kings-Blackhawks Western Conference Final Continues Wednesday at 8 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogonbcWestern Conference Final Game 2 – Kings-Blackhawks Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Blackhawks Lead 1-0

Eastern Conference Final Game 3 – Rangers-Canadiens Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Rangers Lead 2-0

Second Round of 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Is Most-Watched Second Round on Cable On Record

All Games Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 20, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals continues tomorrow night, when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Tomorrow’s coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, featuring host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick, leading into live game coverage from United Center in Chicago. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of Wednesday night’s Western Conference Final action, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

The Blackhawks took Game 1 of the series with a 3-1 win over the Kings on Sunday afternoon, as Brandon Saad notched a goal and an assist, and Corey Crawford stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced, as Chicago improved to a perfect 7-0 at home in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (“Inside the Glass” analyst) will have the call from United Center in Chicago.

THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 – THURSDAY, MAY 22 (All times ET)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick
8 p.m. Game 2 – Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom
THURSDAY, MAY 22
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones
8 p.m. Game 3 – Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

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GAME 3 – CANADIENS-RANGERS EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL – THURSDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – RANGERS LEAD 2-0

Coverage of the Eastern Conference Final between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers continues on Thursday with Game 3 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as the Rangers look to move within one victory of a Stanley Cup Final berth. The Rangers took control of the series with a 3-1 win in Game 2 on Monday night in Montreal to earn a 2-0 series lead, as forwards Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash found the back of the net in the victory, and Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves to deny Montreal.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play voice Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Bell Centre in Montreal.

SECOND ROUND OF 2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS IS MOST-WATCHED SECOND ROUND ON CABLE ON RECORD

The second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs stands as the most-watched second round on cable on record (since 1994). The 25 games that aired on NBCSN and CNBC averaged 1.458 million, up two percent from last year’s second round (1.431 million, 21 games).

NBCSN delivered four of the network’s top six most-watched second-round games ever this year.

Following are the top four games of the second round on NBCSN:

Series Game Date Viewership
MTL-BOS Game 7 May 14 2.276 million
NYR-PIT Game 7 May 13 1.960 million
NYR-PIT Game 1 May 2 1.951 million
MTL-BOS Game 1 May 1 1.925 million

Through the first two rounds, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs rank as the most-watched on cable on record (since 1994). The 65 games have averaged 880,000 combined viewers on NBCSN and CNBC, up 19% vs. last year (742,000 for 63 games).

The eight games that have aired on NBC through the first two rounds have averaged 2.141 million viewers, up 10% vs. last year (1.941 million, 6 games).

NBC, NBCSN and CNBC have combined to average 1.026 million viewers through the first two rounds (73 games), up 20% vs. last year’s first two rounds (852,000, 69 games).

For the third consecutive year, NBC Sports Group is televising all NHL playoff games nationally. NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs began in the second round. Cable games were subjected to local blackouts in the first round.

CONFERENCE FINALS TELECAST SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

Following are the telecast schedules for both Conference Finals. All game telecasts will air on either NBC or NBCSN. Game times, networks and commentating assignments are subject to change.

RANGERS-CANADIENS

Date Coverage Network Time Commentators
Thu., May 22 Game 3 – Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Sun., May 25 Game 4 – Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Tue., May 27 Game 5* – N.Y. Rangers at Montreal NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD
Thu., May 29 Game 6* – Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD
Sat., May 31 Game 7* – N.Y. Rangers at Montreal NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD

*if necessary

KINGS-BLACKHAWKS

Date Coverage Network Time Commentators
Wed., May 21 Game 2 – Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m. Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom
Sat., May 24 Game 3 – Chicago at Los Angeles NBC 8 p.m. Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom
Mon., May 26 Game 4 – Chicago at Los Angeles NBCSN 9 p.m. Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom
Wed., May 28 Game 5* – Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD
Fri., May 30 Game 6* – Chicago at Los Angeles NBCSN 9 p.m. TBD
Sun., June 1 Game 7* – Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD

*if necessary

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 10
NBCSN 56
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 78

One-goal Games: 34
OT games: 19

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including the comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

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Day 30 – Game 7 Tonight — Ducks Host Kings at 9 P.M. ET on NBCSN

nhl_nbc_2Conference Finals Begin This Weekend on NBC

2.3 Million Viewers Watch Last Night’s Game 7

Boston Scores Best-Ever 22.3 HH Rating

Canadiens-Bruins Streams Nearly 4 Million Minutes

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 15, 2014 – Today marks the first day since the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs began that there are no games being played. However, action resumes tomorrow night with Game 7 in the “Freeway Series” between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It will be the third Game 7 in four days.

Saturday and Sunday will begin the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals, respectively. The Montreal Canadiens will host the New York Rangers on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks will either host the Los Angeles Kings or travel to the Anaheim Ducks at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

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THE PASS – FRIDAY, MAY 16 – SUNDAY, MAY 18 (All times ET)

(There are no games tonight)

FRIDAY, MAY 16
Time Coverage Network Commentators
8:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
9 p.m. Game 7 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom
SATURDAY, MAY 17
1 p.m. Game 1 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (3) Montreal NBC Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
SUNDAY, MAY 18
3 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (1) Anaheim OR (3) Los Angeles at (3) Chicago NBC Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,  Brian Engblom
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones

Tonight – MAY 16

The Kings face the Ducks tonight in Game 7 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a trip to the Western Conference Final at stake. On Wednesday night, the Kings built a 2-0 lead on goals from Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis, and held on for a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles. This is the third Game 7 in four days, and the road team won both contests by a score of 2-1, as the Rangers and Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. John Forslund (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside the Glass analyst) will have the call from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

VIEWERSHIP & CONSUMPTION HIGHLIGHTS

Wednesday night’s Game 7 between the Canadiens and the Bruins (6:59-9:52 p.m. ET) averaged 2.276 million viewers, making it the most-watched game featuring a Canadian team ever on NBCSN, excluding the Stanley Cup Final; the most-watched cable game of the 2014 playoffs so far; and the third-most watched second-round game ever on NBCSN.

The contest, in which the Canadiens defeated the Bruins, 3-1, in Boston and advance to the Eastern Conference Final, peaked in its penultimate quarter-hour (9:30-9:45 p.m. ET) with 3.2 million viewers. In Boston, the game delivered a 22.3 HH rating, the highest-rated second-round Bruins game ever in the market on NBCSN.

Digitally, Canadiens-Bruins Game 7 broke nearly every record in the book as it was the best authentication-required NHL game ever – beating both authentication-required Stanley Cup Final games last year. Regardless of authentication status, it was the best second-round game ever and the best game of the 2013-14 season. The game delivered 3.99 million minutes and 79,633 uniques.

Game 6 of Ducks-Kings (9:52 p.m. – 12:22 a.m. ET), the second game of last night’s doubleheader, averaged 1.036 million viewers, making it the most-watched game of the series to date and up 22% vs. the comparable game last year (Sharks-Kings).

PLEASE KISS PIERRE

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was so excited that his team won Game 7 against the Bruins that he ended the night’s post-game interview with NBCSN “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire with a big kiss. Watch it here:

http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/pk-subban-excited-beat-bruins

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 50
CNBC 11
NHL-N 2
Total 71

One-goal Games: 34
OT games: 20

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including the comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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DAY 27 – Second Round Of Stanley Cup Playoffs Culminates With Game 6s and 7s This Week Across NBCSN and CNBC

NBCSN_LogoBruins Look to Close Out Canadiens in Game 6 in Montreal Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Ducks Host Kings in Pivotal Game 5 Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Rangers Force Game 7 vs. Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Blackhawks Face Wild in Game 6 Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on CNBC with Western Conference Finals Berth At Stake

All Games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC Will Be Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 12, 2014 – With all four second-round series going at least six games, including a dramatic Game 7 matchup on Tuesday night between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, NBC Sports Group will present up to 30 hours of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC this week, starting tonight with a doubleheader on NBCSN. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Kathryn Tappen alongside Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

Tonight’s doubleheader begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, with Game 6 between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, as the Bruins look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win in Montreal.

The action continues at 10 p.m. ET with a pivotal Game 5 between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, as the Ducks look to build off of the momentum of victories in Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles to even the series at two games apiece.

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THE PASS – MONDAY, MAY 12 – TUESDAY, MAY 13 (All Times ET)

MONDAY, MAY 12
Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Mike Milbury ,Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick
7:30 p.m. Game 6 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 5 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Brian Engblom
TUESDAY, MAY 13
7 p.m. Game 7 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBCSN Liam McHugh, Keith Jones,  Jeremy Roenick
9 p.m. Game 6 – (3) Chicago at (4) Minnesota CNBC Dave Strader, Eddie Olczyk
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Dave Briggs, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter

BRUINS-CANADIENS – GAME 6 TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET
ON NBCSN – BRUINS LEAD 3-2

The Bruins can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win tonight against the Canadiens in Game 6 in Montreal at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Montreal held a 2-1 lead in the series, but Matt Fraser scored 1:19 into overtime of Game 4 to give Boston a 1-0 win, and the Bruins held serve at TD Garden in Game 5 with a 4-2 win on Saturday night to push the Canadiens to the brink of elimination. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

KINGS-DUCKS – GAME 5 TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET
ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 2-2

The Kings and Ducks face off in a pivotal Game 5 tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as both sides look to take control of the series. The road team has won all four games thus far in the series, as the Kings won Games 1 and 2 in Anaheim to take a 2-0 lead back to Los Angeles, only to see the Ducks win Games 3 and 4 at Staples Center to even the series. 20-year-old rookie goaltender John Gibson took center stage for the Ducks on Saturday night, earning a 2-0 shutout victory in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff start. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call tonight from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

RANGERS-PENGUINS – GAME 7, TUESDAY AT 7 P.M. ET
ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 3-3

The Rangers and Penguins battle for their playoff lives in a winner-take-all finale tomorrow night in a decisive Game 7 in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Penguins held a commanding 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Friday night, but the Rangers responded with decisive victories in Games 5 and 6. Derick Brassard led New York with two goals and an assist in the Rangers’ 5-1 win in Game 5, and Martin St. Louis led the Blueshirts to a 3-1 win last night, as he scored an emotional first goal of the game on Mother’s Day, just three days after the sudden passing of his mother. New York looks for its second straight Game 7 victory this postseason, following a 2-1 win against the Flyers in Game 7 of their first-round series. Two-time Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) and McGuire (analyst) will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

BLACKHAWKS-WILD – GAME 6 TUESDAY AT 9 P.M. ET
ON CNBC – BLACKHAWKS LEAD 3-2

Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks look to close out the Wild and advance to the Western Conference Finals tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on CNBC. Toews had the eventual game-winning goal 4:19 into the third period of Game 5 on Sunday night, as Chicago won 2-1 to regain the series lead following Wild victories in Games 3 and 4. The home team has won every game thus far in the series, and neither team has lost at home this postseason. The Wild are 5-0 at Xcel Energy Center, where they’ve outscored their opponents by a margin of 21-5. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) will call the action from Minneapolis.

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 44
CNBC 11
NHL-N 2
Total 67

One-goal Games: 31
OT games: 18

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including the comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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