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Thursday, June 12th, 2014
DAY 58 – NEW YORK RANGERS FORCE GAME 5 AGAINST LOS ANGELES KINGS FRIDAY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
Kings Lead 3-1 & Can Win Stanley Cup Friday Night at STAPLES Center
Pre-Game Coverage Begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live
Kings-Rangers Game 4 Delivers Third-Best Stanley Cup Final Overnight Rating Ever on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 12, 2014 – The Los Angeles Kings return to California with a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup Final in front of their home fans with a Game 5 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of Game 5.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick,analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of Game 5 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, co-hosted by Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter on-site from STAPLES Center.
The Rangers forced a Game 5 with a 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden, due in large part to goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. After goals from Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis to spot the Rangers a two-goal cushion, and a breakaway goal from Dustin Brown to cut New York’s lead to one, Lundqvist carried his team to victory. Lundqvist stopped 40 shots in all, including all 15 shots in a third period in which the Rangers registered just one shot on goal. New York avoided a sweep to send the series back to Los Angeles tomorrow night.
The Kings aim for their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history and second championship in three years. Two years ago, the Kings held a 3-0 series lead against the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, and eventually won it in six games.
The Rangers need three straight victories to become only the fourth team in NHL playoff history to win four straight games in a series after falling into a 0-3 deficit. One of those four teams to complete the feat is this year’s Kings, who climbed out of a 0-3 hole to the San Jose Sharks in the first round. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to win a Stanley Cup Final after losing the first three games of the series. A win on Friday night in Los Angeles would shift the series back to New York for a potential Game 6 on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Following is the television schedule for the remaining games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.
|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
KINGS-RANGERS GAME 4 DELIVERS THIRD-BEST STANLEY CUP FINAL OVERNIGHT RATING EVER ON NBCSN
Last night’s Game 4 delivered a 2.8 overnight rating, ranking as the third-best Stanley Cup Final overnight on NBCSN ever. The overnight for the Rangers 2-1 win over the Kings trails only Games 2-3 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Bruins.
There is no cable comparison to Game 4 last year as that game aired on NBC, but the 2.8 overnight is up 65% from 2012 (1.7), which featured Devils-Kings, and up 40% from 2011 (2.0), featuring Canucks-Bruins.
Locally, Los Angeles delivered a 7.3 rating, the market’s best ever on NBCSN for an NHL game, surpassing 2012 Game 4 vs. the Devils (6.6).
New York scored its second-best NHL rating ever on NBCSN with an 8.1 rating, trailing only 2014 Game 6 vs. Montreal on the Eastern Conference Final (8.5).
Following are the Top 10 markets for last night’s game.
In addition, Game 4 set the record for an authenticated Stanley Cup Final live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra with 137,708 uniques. It also delivered 5.23 million minutes.
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: 45
OT games: 25
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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