FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
STANLEY CUP FINAL BEGINS TONIGHT WITH GAME 1 BETWEEN THE NEW YORK RANGERS AND LOS ANGELES KINGS AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Day 50
Pre-Game Coverage Starts at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live
Tonight’s Coverage to Stream via NBC Sports Live Extra
The Big Apple vs. The City of Angels, Broadway vs. Hollywood
“New York vs. Los Angeles – Off The Ice”
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 4, 2014 – The battle for one of sports’ most iconic trophies between two of the country’s most iconic cities begins tonight on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, as the Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The series marks the first major professional sports league final between New York and Los Angeles in 33 years. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (“Inside the Glass” analyst) will have the call of Game 1 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick, who will miss Game 1 due to a death in his family, will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.
Coverage of Game 1 begins on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live on-site at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick and Jones will anchor NHL Live from inside the arena, while Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will provide commentary from a set outside of STAPLES Center.
The Rangers’ last Stanley Cup title came in 1994, when New York defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games for its first Stanley Cup since 1940. The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games in 2012 for their first championship, and made their Stanley Cup debut in 1993 against the Canadiens.
Although this is their first encounter in the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers have faced the Kings twice in Stanley Cup Playoff history. New York defeated Los Angeles both times in preliminary round series in 1979 and 1981.
Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.
|Wed., June 4||Stanley Cup Final – Game 1||N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
|Sat., June 7||Stanley Cup Final – Game 2||N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles||NBC||7:15 p.m.#|
|Mon., June 9||Stanley Cup Final – Game 3||Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8:00 p.m.|
|Wed., June 11||Stanley Cup Final – Game 4||Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||8:00 p.m.|
|Fri., June 13||Stanley Cup Final – Game 5*||N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
|Mon., June 16||Stanley Cup Final – Game 6*||Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
|Wed., June 18||Stanley Cup Final – Game 7*||N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
* if necessary
#Game 2 coverage will commence immediately following NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes.
NEW YORK VS. LOS ANGELES – OFF THE ICE
The 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and Kings is the first professional sports league final between New York and Los Angeles in 33 years. Bragging rights will be settled on the ice, but the New York vs. Los Angeles comparison has been an ongoing debate for decades. Below, a look at New York vs. Los Angeles – off the ice.
NEW YORK VS. LOS ANGELES – OFF THE ICE
|CATEGORY||NEW YORK||LOS ANGELES|
|Nicknames||The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps||The City of Angels, Tinseltown|
|Tres Chic||Madison Avenue||Rodeo Drive|
|Music To Our Ears||Radio City Music Hall||Hollywood Bowl|
|On Stage/On Screen||Broadway||Hollywood|
|On The Diamond||Joe Torre||Tommy Lasorda|
|On The Court||Walt “Clyde” Frazier||Earvin “Magic” Johnson|
|Whodunnit?||Olivia Benson||Joe Friday|
|Today’s Forecast||All four seasons, sunrises||Mostly sunny, sunsets|
|Fun In The Sun||Coney Island||Santa Monica Pier|
|In The Arena||Fans whistle into “Potvin S#!%s!” chant||Eric Cartman leads “Go Kings Go!” chant|
|Gretzky’s Ours!||Three years, played last game as a Ranger||Eight years, led L.A. to first Cup Final|
|Hot Dogs!||Nathan’s Famous||Pink’s|
|Pastrami On Rye?||Katz’s Delicatessen||Langer’s Delicatessen|
|We Make A Mean…||Slice of pizza||Fish Taco|
|Don’t Call It…||New Yawk||Cali|
2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS MOST-WATCHED SINCE 1997 THROUGH THREE ROUNDS
Through three rounds, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are the most-watched in 17 years. NBC, NBCSN and CNBC have combined to average 1.187 million viewers for 86 games, up 11% vs. last year (1.074 million for 78 games) and the most since FOX, ESPN and ESPN2 combined to average 1.237 million for the first three rounds in 1997.
For more information on the Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 ratings, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/06/03/kings-blackhawks-game-7-is-most-watched-non-stanley-cup-final-nhl-playoff-game-on-record/
STANLEY CUP CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE
NBC Sports Group NHL analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, as well as executive producer Sam Flood, previewed the upcoming Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings on a media conference call yesterday afternoon. Click here for the full transcript: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/06/03/transcript-nbc-sports-group-stanley-cup-final-conference-call/
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: 42
OT games: 23
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 Final coverage. NBCSN 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;
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