via press release:
DAYS 31-33 – GAME 1 OF EASTERN & WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS ON NBC – LIGHTNING-RANGERS SATURDAY AT 1 P.M. ET, BLACKHAWKS-DUCKS SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET
Eastern Conference Final Game 1 – Lightning-Rangers – Tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET on NBC
Western Conference Final Game 1 – Blackhawks-Ducks – Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
Caps-Rangers Game 7 Is Third-Most Watched Second-Round NHL Playoff Game Ever on Cable; Best-Ever NBCSN NHL Game on NBC Sports Live Extra
Team USA Faces Russia in IIHF World Hockey Championship Semifinals Tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra
Eastern and Western Conference Telecast and Game Commentary Schedules Announced
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 15, 2015 – NBC Sports Group kicks off its exclusive coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs’ Eastern and Western Conference Finals this weekend with a pair of Game 1 matchups on NBC, beginning tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
NBC continues its coverage with Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, when Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks host Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks.
This weekend’s pre-game and intermission coverage on NBC will be hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.
CAPS-RANGERS GAME 7 IS THIRD-MOST WATCHED SECOND-ROUND NHL PLAYOFF GAME EVER ON CABLE; BEST-EVER NBCSN NHL GAME ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBCSN’s presentation of Game 7 between the Capitals and Rangers on Wednesday night averaged 2.709 million viewers, making it the third-most watched second-round NHL playoff game ever on cable. Viewership of the Rangers’ 2-1 overtime win peaked during the final quarter hour, with 3.751 million viewers.
With 151,000 uniques and 8.2 million minutes watched, Capitals-Rangers ranked as NBC Sports Live Extra’s best NHL stream ever for an NBCSN game (or any other cable channel). It is also the best ever for NBC Sports Live Extra for any game, excluding the Stanley Cup Finals, and ranks as Live Extra’s fourth-most consumed NHL game ever (behind three Stanley Cup Final contests).