Coverage Begins Tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with 90-Minute NHL Live
Pre-Game Coverage on NHL Live to Feature Hockey Hall of Famer & Blackhawk Tony Esposito, Actor & Blackhawks Fan Vince Vaughn
Lightning Lead Series 2-1 Following Come-From-Behind Victory in Game 3 on Monday Night
Lightning-Blackhawks Game 3 Is Third-Most Watched Stanley Cup Final Game Ever on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 10, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, with the Lightning leading the series 2-1. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a 90-minute edition of NHL Live, and will be highlighted by interviews with Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender and Blackhawk Tony Esposito, and actor and Blackhawks fan Vince Vaughn.
Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year 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 Game 4 from the United Center in Chicago, Ill. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will combine to call the Stanley Cup Final for NBC Sports Group.
Host Liam McHugh will anchor NHL Live from inside the arena, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. Dave Briggs will host coverage from a set outside the arena alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter. In addition, analyst and former goaltender Brian Boucher and NHL insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger will join NBC Sports Group’s pre- and post-game studio coverage throughout the Final.
Lead NHL on NBC voice Mike “Doc” Emrick has been named the 2015 recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting, presented by Fordham University’s WFUV Radio in New York. Emrick is the eighth broadcaster selected for the award, named after longtime Los Angeles Dodgers announcer and Fordham University alum Vin Scully. Previous recipients include inaugural honoree Scully (2008), as well as NBC Sports’ Al Michaels (2012) and Bob Costas (2013). Emrick’s numerous career accolades include three Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Play-by-Play, including back-to-back awards the past two years, as well as the honor of first broadcaster inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.
GAME 4 – TONIGHT ON NBCSN AT 8 P.M. ET – LIGHTNING LEAD SERIES 2-1
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 series lead on Monday night, scoring twice in the third period to come from behind and defeat Chicago 3-2 in Game 3. Cedric Paquette scored the game-winner with 3:11 left in the final frame, his second goal of the series, and Victor Hedman assisted on Paquette’s goal, his second helper of the night and fourth assist in two games.
This year’s Stanley Cup Final marks the first time since 2010 that the first three games of the series have all been decided by one goal, and at no point through the first three games has a team led by more than one goal. If tonight’s Game 4 is decided by one goal, it will be the first time since 1968 (Montreal vs. St. Louis) that the first four games of a Stanley Cup Final are one-goal games.
LIGHTNING-BLACKHAWKS GAME 3 IS THIRD-MOST WATCHED STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME EVER ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s presentation of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Lightning and Blackhawks averaged 3.896 million viewers, making it the third-most watched Stanley Cup Final game ever on NBCSN, and a 2.2 HH rating.
Viewership of Game 3 (8:03-11:06 p.m. ET) was up 35% compared to Game 3 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final between the Kings and Rangers (2.893 million), which the Kings won by a score of 3-0. The only Stanley Cup Final games on NBCSN to surpass Monday night’s viewership are Games 2 and 3 of the 2013 Final featuring the Blackhawks and Bruins.
Both Chicago and Tampa Bay drew their highest local ratings ever for a game featuring their respective teams on NBCSN. Chicago delivered a 24.0 rating, up 49% vs. the average rating in Chicago on NBCSN during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final (16.1). Tampa produced a 13.2 rating, surpassing its 11.9 rating from Game 7 of this year’s Eastern Conference Final against the Rangers.
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NBCSN will air an encore presentation of Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek Sanderson, a one-hour documentary that chronicles the remarkable life of former NHL star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Derek Sanderson tonight, immediately following Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
In addition, the full documentary can be watched in its entirety right now online at NBC SportsWorld: http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/watch-unreal-life-derek-sanderson/
Narrated by Boston native, Primetime Emmy Award-nominee and star of Mad Men John Slattery, Center of Attention follows Sanderson’s journey from humble beginnings, to becoming the highest paid athlete of his time, only to eventually end up homeless, broke and addicted to drugs and alcohol. Through interviews with former teammates, coaches, friends, rivals, and Sanderson himself, viewers get an inside look into his eccentric and reckless life that ultimately features a fourth act fitting of a Hollywood screenplay, as Sanderson is able to get clean and become a respected financial adviser for top athletes.
Center of Attention features interviews with eight members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, including Sanderson’s teammates Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Rod Gilbert, Gerry Cheevers, Brad Park, Bernie Parent and coaches Harry Sinden and Emile Francis.
Following is the television schedule for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.
|Wed., June 10||Game 4 – Tampa Bay at Chicago||NBCSN||8 p.m.||Mike “Doc” Emrick,
|Sat., June 13||Game 5 – Chicago at Tampa Bay||NBC||8 p.m.||Mike “Doc” Emrick,
|Mon., June 15||Game 6 – Tampa Bay at Chicago*||NBC||8 p.m.||Mike “Doc” Emrick,
|Wed., June 17||Game 7 – Chicago at Tampa Bay*||NBC||8 p.m.||Mike “Doc” Emrick,
GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR
For the fourth consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.
One-goal Games: 46
OT games: 19
COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
Comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks with comprehensive coverage throughout their Stanley Cup Playoff run, including pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.
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