Capitals Lead Series 2-1; Pre-Game Coverage on NBCSN Begins at 6 p.m. ET with a Two-Hour Edition of NHL Live
Mike Tirico to Host Game 4 Coverage from Capital One Arena; Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Will Be a Guest on NBCSN’s Pre-Game Coverage
“There are posters with Stanley Cups on them saying, ‘It’s OK to believe.’ Perhaps in past years it was against their (Capitals) better judgment, but judgment gets clouded by emotion and also by success.” – Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 4, 2018 – NBC Sports’ exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final continues tonight from the nation’s capital, as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals can move within one victory of the team’s first ever Stanley Cup title with a Game 4 win against Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights at 8 p.m. ET on NBC from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Ovechkin and the Capitals hold a 2-1 series lead following their 3-1 victory over the Golden Knights in Game 3 on Saturday.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of all 2018 Stanley Cup Final games.
Six-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the 2018 Stanley Cup Final on NBC and NBCSN. This marks the 12th consecutive year that Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will call the Stanley Cup Final for NBC Sports, one of the longest streaks by any broadcast team calling a major U.S. team sport championship.
Tonight’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN will begin at 6 p.m. ET with a two-hour edition of NHL Live. Host Liam McHugh will anchor pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage on-site, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. In addition, Kathryn Tappen and Paul Burmeister will host pre-game and post-game coverage from an outdoor set at Capital One Arena, capturing the scene amongst the fans alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick, Brian Boucher, and Anson Carter.
Mike Tirico will host Game 4 coverage from inside Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Motorsports icon and NBC Sports’ newest on-air contributor Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be a guest on NBCSN’s pre-game coverage of Game 4 from Washington, D.C. He will also join Tirico for an interview during intermission.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S STANLEY CUP FINAL ON NBCSN IS MOST-WATCHED GAME 3 IN THREE YEARS
Game 3 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final between the expansion Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals on Saturday night set numerous consumption records across NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, including:
- the most-watched Stanley Cup Final Game 3 in three years;
- Total Audience Delivery (TAD) increases of 18% and 25%, respectively, vs. the 2017 and 2016 Stanley Cup Final Game 3s;
- the second-most streamed NHL game ever;
- and the highest-rated NHL game on NBCSN for Washington, D.C.
Following are the Top 10 markets for Saturday’s Game 3 on NBCSN:
STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 4 – VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS – TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC FROM CAPITAL ONE ARENA
Hosting their first Stanley Cup Final game since 1998, the Capitals defeated the Golden Knights, 3-1, in Game 3 on Saturday to take the series lead, 2-1. Evgeny Kuznetsov returned to the lineup following an injury in Game 2 and scored the eventual game-winner, while Ovechkin netted his 14th playoff goal to tie John Druce for the most goals scored in a single postseason in franchise history. Game 3 marked Washington’s first home win in a Stanley Cup Final, while Vegas has dropped consecutive games for the first time these playoffs after winning Game 1. After holding the Winnipeg Jets to two goals or less in each of the last four games of the Western Conference Final, Fleury has surrendered three-or-more goals in each game this series. Vegas’ top line of Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith has produced just two assists in the past two games after totaling two goals and two assists in Game 1.
Quotes following Washington’s Game 3 victory on Saturday:
Emrick on Washington being two games away from winning the Cup: “There are posters with Stanley Cups on them saying, ‘It’s OK to believe.’ Perhaps in past years it was against their (Capitals) better judgment, but judgment gets clouded by emotion and also by success.”
Milbury on his biggest takeaway from Game 3: “I thought the checking game was the key here … I thought it was the Capitals that did a better job of swarming the Golden Knights in every particular zone. They made it very difficult for the Knights to take shots or get good looks.”
Following is the remaining telecast schedule for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final with networks and start times. Pre-game coverage will begin each night with NHL Live at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
|Mon., June 4||Game 4 – Vegas at Washington||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Thur., June 7||Game 5 – Washington at Vegas||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Sun., June 10||Game 6 – Vegas at Washington*||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Wed., June 13||Game 7 – Washington at Vegas*||NBC||8 p.m.|
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