via press release:
NEW YORK RANGERS FACE LOS ANGELES KINGS IN GAME 2 OF STANLEY CUP FINAL SATURDAY ON NBC
Game 2 – Rangers-Kings on NBC Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET, Immediately Following 146th Belmont Stakes Coverage
Kings Defeat Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 on Justin Williams’ Overtime Game-Winner
Rangers-Kings Posts NBC’s Second-Best Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Overnight
New York Delivers Best-Ever NHL Rating on NBC/NBCSN in Game 1
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 5, 2014 – The New York Rangers will look to send the Stanley Cup Final back to The Big Apple even at one game apiece with a Game 2 victory on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings at 7:15 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 2.
Coverage of Game 2 begins on NBC on Saturday evening begins immediately following coverage of the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes, as California Chrome tries to become the first horse to complete the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
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 2 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones will anchor NBC Sports Group’s intermission coverage.
GAME 1 – KINGS DEFEAT RANGERS 3-2 IN OVERTIME
Last night, the Kings erased a 2-0 first-period deficit to come from behind and eventually defeat the Rangers by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Benoit Pouliot’s breakaway goal and Carl Hagelin’s shorthanded score just 1:42 apart in the first period gave the Rangers a two-goal cushion, but Kyle Clifford answered with his first goal of the postseason late in the frame, and Drew Doughty evened the score at two early in the second period.
Henrik Lundqvist kept the game tied at two in the third period, stopping all 20 shots he faced to send the game to overtime, before Justin Williams converted on a turnover and beat Lundqvist 4:36 into the extra session to give the Kings the win.
With last night’s win, the Kings became the 14th team to come back from a multiple-goal deficit this postseason, setting the Stanley Cup Playoff record for the most multiple-goal comebacks in one postseason.
RANGERS-KINGS DELIVERS NBC’S SECOND-BEST STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 1 OVERNIGHT RATING EVER
With a 3.8 metered market rating, last night’s overtime Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final ranks as NBC’s second-best SCF Game 1 overnight ever, behind only last year’s triple-overtime Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks (4.8 overnight).
- The overnight is up 58% as compared to Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, which also featured the L.A. Kings (vs. New Jersey Devils, 2.4 overnight).
- New York delivered its best NHL rating ever on NBC/NBCSN with a 10.1 metered market rating, surpassing last week’s 8.5 rating for the Eastern Conference Final Game 6 on NBCSN.
- Los Angeles drew a 7.1 metered market rating, ranking as L.A.’s third-best ever on NBC, trailing only Games 5 and 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, which were both championship-clinching games for the Kings (they won it in Game 6).
- NBC was the No. 1 network in both markets during the game.
Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.
|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.