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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

DAY 35 – KINGS-BLACKHAWKS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL CONTINUES WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Western 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.”

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 –

 

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