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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

GAME 7 – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HOST OTTAWA SENATORS TOMORROW NIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN WITH TRIP TO STANLEY CUP FINAL AT STAKE

Series Tied 3-3 – Pre-Game Coverage on NBCSN Begins Tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live

Stanley Cup Final Begins Monday Night on NBC – Nashville Predators at Ottawa/Pittsburgh

NBC Sports Group’s 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Viewership Up 6% vs. 2016

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 24, 2017 – For the second consecutive season, the Eastern Conference Final will be decided in a winner-take-all Game 7 tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators with a trip to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at stake.

Five-time Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call tomorrow’s Senators-Penguins Game 7 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. Liam McHugh anchors studio coverage alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

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 Senators-Penguins tomorrow night.

The winner of the Eastern Conference Final will advance to face the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Monday night on NBC. Nashville advanced to its first-ever Stanley Cup Final with a 6-3 win against the Ducks in Game 6 on Monday night on NBCSN.

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THE PASS – THURSDAY, MAY 25 (All times ET)

Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike
Milbury, Keith Jones
8 p.m. Game 7 – Ottawa at Pittsburgh NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie
Olczyk, Pierre McGuire


OTTAWA SENATORS AT PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – GAME 7 TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 3-3

Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson kept the Senators’ Stanley Cup hopes alive by stopping 45 of 46 shots in a 2-1 win in Game 6 last night. Evgeni Malkin gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead midway through the second period, but Bobby Ryan scored the equalizer on a 5-on-3 power play, and Mike Hoffman netted the eventual game-winner early in the third period for the Senators.

The Penguins have struggled to close out their opponents thus far in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Pittsburgh held a 3-1 series lead against Washington in the second round, but lost Games 5 and 6 before eventually winning Game 7, and led Columbus 3-0 in the first round before losing Game 4 and winning Game 5 at home.

This marks the second straight postseason that the Penguins will host an Eastern Conference Final Game 7. Pittsburgh defeated Tampa Bay in Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference Final by a score of 2-1, led by a pair of goals by Bryan Rust. Pittsburgh is 9-7 all-time in Game 7s. The Ottawa Senators have never won a Game 7 in franchise history, 0-5 all-time in their Game 7 matchups.

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS VIEWERSHIP UP 6% VS. 2016

With just one home U.S. market, last night’s Penguins-Senators Game 6 on NBCSN produced a 1.41 overnight rating, even with last year’s Lightning-Penguins Game 6. Locally, the game produced a 23.9 rating in Pittsburgh, up 13% vs. last year’s Game 6 rating. Across all NBC Sports streaming platforms, Pens-Sens delivered the second-most live minutes ever for a Conference Final game (12.6 million), behind only last year’s Lightning-Penguins Game 7 (12.7 million).

The Predators’ series-clinching Game 6 win against Anaheim on Monday night on NBCSN produced a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.558 million average viewers, up 15% vs. the comparable series-clinching Game 5 last year between San Jose and St. Louis (1.358 million). Viewership peaked with more than 2.1 million viewers in the final quarter-hour (10:45-11 p.m. ET). Across all NBC Sports streaming platforms, Ducks-Predators delivered the third-most live minutes (11.8 million) for a Conference Finals game to date.

Across all 76 games on NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA to date, the 2017 NHL Playoffs have averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 1.085 million, up 6% from last year through the same point in the Playoffs (1.025 million; 81 games). TAD measures consumption across multiple platforms, combining the average minute audience for television and digital.

 

STANLEY CUP FINAL BEGINS MONDAY NIGHT ON NBC – NASHVILLE PREDATORS AT OTTAWA/PITTSBURGH

The NHL has announced the dates for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Monday, May 29, on NBC. Times and networks for all games will be announced later this week.

Date Coverage
Mon., May 29 Game 1 – Nashville at Pittsburgh/Ottawa
Wed., May 31 Game 2 – Nashville at Pittsburgh/Ottawa
Sat., June 3 Game 3 – Pittsburgh/Ottawa at Nashville
Mon., June 5 Game 4 – Pittsburgh/Ottawa at Nashville
Thur., June 8 Game 5 – Nashville at Pittsburgh/Ottawa*
Sun., June 11 Game 6 – Pittsburgh/Ottawa at Nashville*
Wed., June 14 Game 7 – Nashville at Pittsburgh/Ottawa*

*if necessary


NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP

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