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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
2019 BLUES-BRUINS STANLEY CUP FINAL CONTINUES THURSDAY NIGHT WITH PIVOTAL GAME 5 AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
Series Tied 2-2; Pre-Game Coverage from Boston Starts at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Two-Hour Edition of NHL Live
“Now we press the restart button.” – Mike Milbury following Game 4
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 4, 2019 – NBC Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final continues Thursday, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC with a pivotal Game 5, as Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins battle Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues for the series lead at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The Final is currently deadlocked at two games apiece. Last night’s series-tying Game 4 victory by the Blues guarantees a Stanley Cup Final Game 6 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo., on Sunday night.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for all desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of all 2019 Stanley Cup Final games.
Seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from TD Garden on Thursday night. This is the 13th consecutive year calling the Stanley Cup Final, one of the longest streaks by any broadcast team calling a major U.S. team sport championship.
Thursday’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN will begin at 6 p.m. ET with a two-hour edition of NHL Live, featuring outdoor sets amongst the fans around TD Garden to capture the atmosphere in Boston. Liam McHugh will anchor pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage on-site alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. Kathryn Tappen will host pre-game and post-game coverage alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick, Patrick Sharp, Anson Carter and Brian Boucher.
Last night’s Game 4 coverage included a number of St. Louis and Blues-centric elements, including a feature on 11-year-old Laila Anderson, a Blues super-fan who is battling a rare disease called HLH, a systemic inflammatory syndrome. Click here to watch.
STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 5 – BLUES-BRUINS – THURSDAY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
The Blues evened the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece with a 4-2 victory over the Bruins last night in St. Louis. The victory marked the Blues’ first home Stanley Cup Final win in franchise history. Ryan O’Reilly had two goals, including the game-winner in the third period. Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis, Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, and Alex Pietrangelo had two assists. Goalie Jordan Binnington made 21 saves to lift his team to victory after allowing five goals on 19 shots in Game 3 on Saturday. The Blues’ win snapped the Bruins’ five-game road winning streak this postseason.
Notes & Quotes from last night’s Game 4 in St. Louis:
McHugh on St. Louis atmosphere: “This crowd was electric tonight. They were engaged on every single moment of the action.”
Jones on Bruins missing Captain Zdeno Chara: “A really courageous effort by the Bruins missing their captain. Zdeno Chara sitting on the bench the entire third period, never opened his mouth, so you have to wonder what happened there – broken jaw? He never spoke. That is a major issue in this series moving forward.”
Milbury on the series: “A game they really needed to win. I don’t think anybody thought the Bruins were going to get beat three in a row especially two at home if they won this game, but now we press the restart button.”
McGuire on Blues Game 4 performance: “One of the strengths of the Blues all night long, they’ve been angling fantastically well, taking away the speed quotient of the Bruins in the neutral zone.”
Olczyk on Blues final goal: “Brayden Schenn jumps on ice, change of lines, they force a turnover, the Bruins not able to get the puck in deep and get anything sustained, and Schenn hits the wide-open net.”
Wayne Gretzky on Blues physicality: “That starts with their coach. Craig Berube was one of the most honest players to ever play the game, played hard, played tough, straight ahead. So, if they play hard, physical hockey, this still could be a long series. It’s not over yet.”
Following is the remaining telecast schedule for the 2019 Stanley Cup Final with networks and start times. Pre-game coverage will begin each night with NHL Live at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
|Thur., June 6||Game 5 – St. Louis at Boston||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Sun., June 9||Game 6 – Boston at St. Louis||NBC||8 p.m.|
|Wed., June 12||Game 7 – St. Louis at Boston*||NBC||8 p.m.|
2019 STANLEY CUP FINAL CONTINUES TO DELIVER RATINGS & VIEWERSHIP MILESTONES
- Last night’s series-tying Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC delivered a 3.84, up 5% from last Monday’s Game 1 on NBC (3.67) and stands as the highest overnight delivery of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs to date.
- Last night’s game was the fourth-best Stanley Cup Final Game 4 in NBC Sports history, trailing CHI-BOS (4.57; 6/19/13), PIT-NAS (4.14; 6/5/17) and LAS-WAS (3.94; 6/4/18).
- NBC is expected to win the night in primetime (8-11 p.m. ET).
- Top 5 Markets for last night’s Game 4:
- Saturday night’s Game 3 on NBCSN, in which the Bruins dominated the Blues 7-2, averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 3.049 million viewers.
- The game ranks behind Game 2 as NBCSN’s most-watched telecast of the year to date. It’s also NBCSN’s second-most watched telecast (behind Game 2) in the last 12 months.
- NBCSN won the night in primetime against all other networks among average viewers, and the A18-49 and A25-54 demos.
- With 2.930 TV-only viewers on NBCSN, Game 3 ranked as the top cable program of the weekend and the most-watched sports program on Saturday.
- Across NBC Sports streaming platforms, the game delivered an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 118,900, which ranks as a Top 5 delivery for an NHL game on NBC Sports Digital.
2019 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CABLE COVERAGE
- Game 3 concluded NBCSN’s NHL coverage for the year and NBC Sports’ cable coverage for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which also included CNBC and USA Network.
- Across 67 games for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC Sports averaged a TAD of 1.076 million viewers, the second-best Stanley Cup Playoff delivery in 22 years, the fourth-best cable delivery on record, and up 2% vs. last year (1.053 million).
WESTWOOD ONE AND NBC SPORTS RADIO PRESENT LIVE AUDIO COVERAGE OF THE 2019 STANLEY CUP FINAL
In conjunction with NBC Sports and NBC Sports Radio, Westwood One will once again present live play-by-play audio coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final featuring the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) return for the fourth straight season as Westwood One/NBC Sports Radio’s broadcast crew for the Stanley Cup Final. Former NHL goaltender Brian Boucher joins the crew as rinkside reporter. Boucher will be doing double-duty throughout the series, serving as a pregame/postgame analyst for NBC Sports in addition to working rinkside for radio during the games. Florida Panthers announcer Steve Goldstein hosts the pregame, intermission, and postgame reports.
All games of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final will be available on NBC Sports Radio and Westwood One affiliates throughout the United States, as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports Radio mobile app, WestwoodOneSports.com, the NHL app, SiriusXM Radio (NHL Channel 91), and TuneIn. NHL fans can also follow the playoffs on the NBC Sports Radio station on Apple Music. The stream can also be found on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices via the Westwood One Sports Skill.
COMPREHENSIVE BRUINS COVERAGE ON NBC SPORTS BOSTON
NBC Sports Boston will provide comprehensive local multi-platform coverage for the Boston Bruins throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
NBC Sports Boston will offer live post-game shows and analysis throughout the Stanley Cup Final for the Bruins. Michael Felger, along with former NHL player Tony Amonte and U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic gold medalist Meghan Duggan will headline postgame coverage. NBCSB Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty will weigh in from on-site at the arena throughout the series. NBCSB’s daily programming, including Early Edition, Boston Sports Tonight, and simulcasts of The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand & Felger and Mazz shows will also provide in-depth coverage throughout the Final. The My Teams app will offer the postgame show streamed live as well as additional extensive Bruins coverage.
STREAMING COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
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