FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 10th, 2019
FIRST STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 7 IN EIGHT YEARS TO BE PLAYED THIS WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
Pre-Game Coverage Begins at 6 p.m. ET with Two-Hour Edition of NHL Live
Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick to Call His Fifth-Career Stanley Cup Final Game 7
Sunday Night’s Bruins-Blues Delivers NBC Sports’ Most Watched Non-Clinching Game 6 in NBC Sports History
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 10, 2019 – For the first time in eight years, there will be a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 on NBC, after Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins avoided elimination last night by defeating Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in Game 6 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo. The series will now move to TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET for the winner-take-all Game 7 on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a special two-hour edition of NHL Live.
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 Wednesday night’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN and Game 7 coverage on NBC.
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 of Game 7 from Boston’s TD Garden.
Wednesday night will be Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick’s fifth career Stanley Cup Final Game 7 broadcast and his 45th Game 7 broadcast all-time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Following is a list of sports announcers who have called a number of Game 7s in the Championship/Final Rounds of the three major U.S. Sports that play best-of-7 series since 1970:
|Joe Buck||World Series||6||’17, ’16, ’14, ’11, ’02, ‘01|
|Doc Emrick||Stanley Cup Final||5||’19, ‘11, ’09, ’06, ‘87|
|Curt Gowdy||World Series||4||’75, ’73, ’72, ‘71|
|Al Michaels||World Series; NBA Finals||4||MLB: ’87, ’85, ‘72; NBA: ‘05|
|Gary Thorne||Stanley Cup Final||4||’04, 03, ’01, ‘94|
|Mike Breen||NBA Finals||3||’16, ’13, ‘10|
Wednesday’s Game 7 edition of NHL Live will feature outdoor sets in Boston to capture the scene amongst the fans, as the city hopes to welcome its first Stanley Cup since 2011. Mike Tirico will host Wednesday night’s Game 7 coverage from TD Garden. 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 from outdoor sets in Boston, alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick, Patrick Sharp, Brian Boucher, and Anson Carter.
STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 7 – BLUES-BRUINS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
The Blues entered Game 6 on Sunday night with a chance to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history on home in St. Louis. However, the Bruins avoided elimination with a four-goal third period and forced a decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final with a 5-1 victory at Enterprise Center.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask continued his dominant postseason performance, stopping 28 of 29 shots he faced to lead Boston to victory. Brad Marchand scored on the power play in the first period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, Brandon Carlo scored the game-winner early in the third period, and captain Zdeno Chara capped Boston’s four-goal third period with an empty-netter. Blues center Ryan O’Reilly scored for the third straight game, and goalie Jordan Binnington made 27 saves in the effort for St. Louis.
After last night’s win by the Bruins, Boston will host a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 for the first time on Wednesday night. It will be the 17th Stanley Cup Final Game 7 since the NHL went to the best-of-7 format in 1939, but the first since 2011, when the Bruins won 4-0 at the Vancouver Canucks.
SUNDAY NIGHT’S BRUINS-BLUES DELIVERS NBC SPORTS’ MOST WATCHED NON-CLINCHING GAME 6 IN NBC SPORTS HISTORY
- Last night’s series-tying Stanley Cup Final Game 6 on NBC had a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 6.618 million, making it the most-watched non-clinching Game 6 in NBC Sports history.
- Although down slightly from 2017’s Pittsburgh-Nashville Game 6 (7.086 million), last night’s 5-1 blowout win for the Bruins over the Blues was up 21% vs. 2016’s Pittsburgh-San Jose Game 6 (5.476 million). Both 2017 and 2016 were Cup-clinching Game 6s.
- Across NBC Sports streaming platforms, the game stands as the second-most streamed NHL game ever in Average Minute Audience (141,000 viewers).
- With a 33.0 local rating in St. Louis, this was NBC Sports’ highest-rated Blues game ever in the market, topping Game 5’s delivery (30.1).
- Top 5 markets for last night’s game:
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 St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins.
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 will host the pregame, intermission, and postgame reports.
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 during the Stanley Cup Final. NBCSB 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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