FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 7 – ST. LOUIS BLUES VS. BOSTON BRUINS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
“Pack it up and headed to Boston for a Game 7. Nothing better than that.” – Eddie Olczyk
“There aren’t many things better in all of the sports world than a seventh game.” – Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick
Pre-Game Coverage Begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Two-Hour Edition of NHL Live
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 11, 2019 – NBC Sports’ comprehensive coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs culminates with a dramatic winner-take-all Stanley Cup Final Game 7 on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, as Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins host Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues in the first Cup Final Game 7 in eight years. Pre-game coverage from Boston 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’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.
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 Final Round 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|
GAME 7 – BLUES-BRUINS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
The Bruins forced Wednesday’s Game 7 with a 5-1 win in Game 6 in St. Louis on Sunday night.
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.
This marks the 17th time that the Stanley Cup Final will require a Game 7 and the first time since 2011, when Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each scored twice as the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Vancouver. The home team is 12-4 all-time in Stanley Cup Final Game 7s, but the road team has won each of the prior two Game 7s (Bruins, 2011; Penguins, 2009).
SUNDAY NIGHT’S BRUINS-BLUES DELIVERS NBC SPORTS’ HIGHEST OVER-NIGHT RATING FOR NON-CLINCHING GAME 6
- Sunday 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), Sunday 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 Sunday’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 again presents 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) are calling their fourth straight Stanley Cup Final as Westwood One/NBC Sports Radio’s broadcast crew. Former NHL goaltender Brian Boucher joined the crew as rinkside reporter. Boucher has been 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.
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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