FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
GAME 7 – BRUINS VS. CANADIENS TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ON NBCSN, FOLLOWED BY DUCKS-KINGS GAME 6 AT 9:30 P.M.
Bruins Host Rival Canadiens in Game 7 Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Winner Faces Rangers in Eastern Conference Final
Ducks Look To Close Out Kings in Game 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Advance to Face Defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks in Western Conference Final
Rangers-Penguins Game 7 Third-Most Watched Second-Round Game Ever on NBCSN, Blackhawks-Wild Game 6 Most-Watched NHL Playoff Game Ever on CNBC
All Games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC Will Be Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 14, 2014 – The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will add another chapter to their historic rivalry tonight in a win-or-go-home Game 7 from Boston at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. A trip to the Eastern Conference Final to meet the New York Rangers is at stake. Tonight’s Game 7 is the ninth all-time between the Bruins and Canadiens, the most Game 7s between any two teams in major professional sports history.
NBCSN’s doubleheader continues at 9:30 p.m. ET with Game 6 between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, as the Ducks look to advance to the Western Conference Final and a showdown with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. On Fridays, a weekend edition will be posted.
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THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 (All Times ET)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
|7 p.m.||Game 7 – (3) Montreal at (1) Boston||NBCSN||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire|
|NHL Live (Intermission Reports)||NBCSN||Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones|
|9:30 p.m.||Game 6 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Los Angeles||NBCSN||John Forslund, Brian Engblom|
CANADIENS-BRUINS – GAME 7 TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET
ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 3-3
Tonight marks the ninth time in their 34 Stanley Cup Playoff series that the Bruins and Canadiens have squared off in a Game 7, more than any other rivalry in major professional sports history, and the fourth time in the teams’ past five series since 2004. In their most recent Game 7 in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, former Bruins forward Nathan Horton scored in overtime to send Boston on to the second round, and an eventual Stanley Cup title.
The Bruins will set an NHL record tonight by playing in a Game 7 for the seventh straight season. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has participated in 10 career playoff Game 7s, most among the two teams.
Two-time Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action from TD Garden in Boston, Mass., their second Game 7 broadcast in 24 hours, following the Rangers’ 2-1 win in Pittsburgh over the Penguins last night.
DUCKS-KINGS – GAME 6 TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. ET
ON NBCSN – DUCKS LEAD 3-2
Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks will look to punch their ticket to the Western Conference Final, and a showdown with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, with a win against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On Monday night, Devante Smith-Pelly scored twice for Anaheim, and 20-year-old rookie goaltender John Gibson stopped 42 shots for his second straight win, as the Ducks beat the Kings 4-3 in Game 5 in Anaheim, the first time the home team has won in this series. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
RANGERS-PENGUINS GAME 7 THIRD-MOST WATCHED SECOND-ROUND GAME EVER ON NBCSN, BLACKHAWKS-WILD GAME 6 MOST-WATCHED NHL PLAYOFF GAME EVER ON CNBC
Last night’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, in which the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with a 2-1 win, averaged 1.96 million viewers, making it the third-most watched second-round game ever on NBCSN, trailing only last year’s Games 6 and 7 of the Detroit/Chicago series.
Compared to the Capitals-Rangers Game 7 (1.68 million) in 2012, last night’s contest was up 16%. The game peaked with over three million viewers (3.06 million) in the 9:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour when the game was concluding.
Locally, New York delivered a 5.8 HH rating, the highest ever in the market for a second-round Rangers game on NBCSN. Pittsburgh posted a 19.3. NBCSN was the No. 1 network in both markets during the game.
Also last night, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 of their series to advance to the Western Conference Final. The game averaged 1.815 million viewers on CNBC, making it the most-watched NHL playoff game ever on the channel. The contest peaked in the 11:15 p.m. ET quarter-hour with over 2.4 million viewers, and CNBC was the No. 1 network in both markets during the game.
In Minnesota, the game delivered a 15.6 HH rating, the best-ever for a Wild game in the market on any NBC network (NBC, NBCSN or CNBC). Chicago produced a 14.5 HH rating, the second-highest rating for a second-round Blackhawks game in the market on either NBCSN or CNBC.
During both Stanley Cup Playoff games last night, NBCSN (7-9:45 p.m. ET) and CNBC (9 p.m.-12:15 a.m. ET) ranked as the No. 2 network on cable across all key demographics within their respective time periods.
Through the first 13 days of the second round, NBCSN and CNBC are combining to average 1.464 million viewers, up 17% vs. last year. Throughout the entire playoffs, NBCSN/CNBC are averaging 855,000 viewers, up 32% vs. the comparable time period last year.
Both games last night set streaming records for two separate metrics each. Rangers-Penguins scored the best authenticated NHL game ever in uniques (71,459) and visits (79,122), and was also the best non-Stanley Cup game ever, regardless of authentication, in these metrics. Blackhawks-Wild delivered the best authenticated NHL game ever in live starts (204,798) and minutes consumed (3.876), and was also the best non-Stanley Cup game ever, regardless of authentication, in these metrics.
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.
One-goal Games: 33
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.”
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