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2010 Stanley Cup finals: Was Game 2 louder than Game 1?

Jun 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

Brandon went over how ridiculously loud Chicago’s Game 1 contest was, so I couldn’t help but wonder if Game 2 was even louder. NHL.com lists those decibel readings here and points out this lesson: going to a Chicago Blackhawks game might not be great for your health, even if you’re not eating deep dish pizzas all night.

First, here are a few notes on decibel levels – like what can harm your hearing – from that post.

Level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss: 90 – 95dB
Pain begins: 125dB
Loudest recommended exposure WITH hearing protection: 140dB
Loudest sound possible: 194dB

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting readings. According to the story, the highest level of noise in Game 1 came at the national anthem, which hit 121 decibels. Apparently, the crowd got slightly louder than that last night, as the national anthem produced between 116-122dBs in Game 2. That’s the equivalent to the booming sound of a shotgun.

Finally, here’s a few of the other high points from the night, along with a description of how loud the crowd would be.

Eager strikes a few moments later  17:37 of 2nd period 112dB Dog Kennel
Niemi save during Sharp penalty  4:00 of 3rd period 104dB Motorcycle
Sopel lays hit on Leino  4:14 of 3rd period 105dB Diesel Truck
Fan cam on video screen during break  7:18 of 3rd period 106dB Motorcycle
Sharp hits Laperriere  Mid-3rd period 110dB Power Saw
Video screen showing empty net  18:44 of 3rd period 103dB Diesel Truck

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