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A lot of people watched last night’s game on TV

Jun 13, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

The opening game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final on NBC — which was a pretty good game — received a 4.8 household rating, up 100 percent compared to Game 1 between the Kings and Devils a year ago.

It was also the best rating for a Game 1 of the Cup final since 1997, when it was on a far less handsome network.

For those wondering about Providence and Milwaukee, the first is a short distance from Boston, the second a short distance from Chicago.

Game 2 of the series goes Saturday (8 p.m. ET) on NBC Sports Network.

  1. hammerhead5573 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Completely amazing. Both these teams are crazy good and i hope these numbers last. Msybe, just maybe ESPN may actually talk about hockey. Ooh wait Lebron is still playing, nevermind

    • ibieiniid - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      i hope their dirty mouths never mention our beloved sport ever again. don’t be fooled, ESPN trying to talk hockey is a disservice, not a service. I read the other day that Lebron said his motivation for that dunk block was to make the Top 10. I don’t want NHL players thinking about highlight reels when deciding what to do on the ice. I want them playing for their team, not for everybody to see what they just did. ESPN most heavily covers the least team-sporty team-sports out there.

      • lewdood - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        I flipped over to try to catch the end of Game 2 of the NBA finals because nothing else was on, and although I had just missed the end I caught ABC/ESPN’s Doris Burke not only hug LeBron James before interviewing him, but she also told him “Thank you for giving us a game five.” That’s some journalistic integrity there, Doris.

        That network’s a joke, and anyone who thinks they’d ever give the NHL 1/5 of the coverage they give the NHL (regardless of whether they ever have the broadcast rights or not) is deluded.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        agreed, the only thing I watch on ESPN is live football games and Fantasy Football Now before games on Sunday. gotsta win that trophy.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        I am completely in your camp on this. Not only do I not want ESPN to pretend to cover hockey, I think they have managed to make the NBA unwatchable, and the story below about LeBron just backs that up. Trash talking and showboating are not what hockey is about. Hockey is Greg Campbell getting his leg broken, and finishing his shift. It’s about Chara playing more than half the game, and rushing to the net to help tie Game 7 versus Toronto. It’s about guys playing nearly 6 periods with over 100 shots and 100 hits, and coming back more committed to play on Saturday – probably for 4 or 5 periods and in a series that shows all the signs of a 7-game grind it out series. ESPN shows none of the commitment to the grit and determination that make hockey a real sport. 90% of ESPN’s ‘coverage’ is guys in suits at a desk talking about side issues. I’m guessing that’s cheap and lazy. Kudos to NBC for making a real commitment to the sport – just put all 7 games on the main network plz!

    • bitlrc - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      espn’s top hockey personalities are barry melrose, pierre lebrun, and scott burnside. the less they talk about the nhl, the better.

      • lapsncaps - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Melrose is now with NHL Network

      • ibieiniid - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        he’s on both actually. ESPN is obviously a part-time gig lol

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Melrose’s hair is co-starring on Tabitha’s Salon Takeover on Bravo. Bwwwhahaha

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Good gravy. Bettman just creamed his pants again. A triple OT thriller to open up a dangerously hyped series?

    If this continues we’ll get a lockout every season!

  3. comeonnowguys - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Did they cut into the game with weather coverage in Chicago like they did in neighboring markets?

    • chicagobtech - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      OhYeah.

  4. hockeyfan28 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    NBC deserves this their coverage of the NHL is light years ahead of ESPN even Pierre McGuire deserves credit
    for somehow getting a Penguins reference in every broadcast

    • ibieiniid - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      first half sarcasm, second half not?

      • ibieiniid - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        whoops, backwards. first half not, second half sarcasm?*

    • sheckyrimshot - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      i’ll even give pierre some credit for keeping his rat mouth shut more often than usual last night. except when he was exploding in too many men on the ice orgasms. he only said “real tough hombre” like two times.

      • lewdood - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Yeah, but someone’s still going to need to surgically remove bald Regis’s lips from Brad Marchand’s rat-scrotum by the end of this series….

      • mp1131211 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        I cracked up when he exploded in about the hybrid icing example. “Isn’t THAT a perfect example of why the NHL should have hybrid icing?” …….. silence……. wait for replay……. Eddie: “I’m not sure that was dangerous.”

        LOL- I could just imagine what Doc and Eddies faces looked like offscreen. “WTF???”

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Putting Mr. Peanut in that glass box is emasculating.

    • btlpper68 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Pierre McGuire could not keep quiet abt “fatigue” like we get their tired

      • slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        pierre may not be perfect and even eddie o pisses me off now and then ( he is our local HAWKS color man)…but , brian engblom drives me up a tree ! he sounds like he is from the sci-fi channel or trying to write a technical book about …his….ideas of how hockey should be !

  5. biffnasty - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    i love hockey, it is hands down my favorite sport. as fired up as i am to see the sport thriving, its almost as if that tool gary ‘im trying to ruin the great game of hockey’ betman become almost justified for putting the owners first and the fans last with the lockout.

  6. kmacle - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Quantitative proof that Boston fans are better than Chicago fans.
    So there.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Or that there was a derecho with tornadoes and high wind damage blowing through most of the Chicagoland area last night, and they still got that high of a number in Chicago.

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Did someone say the lockout would kill the popularity of this sport? Sarcasm alert! Great game, and no fights…. Go figure! Who would have thunk it… :-)

  8. gret9 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Wow, 8.5 in Buffalo? Kaner must have a lot of fans back home. ;)

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      They just wanted to see what a couple of well run franchises looked like. Turns out it’s magical.

  9. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I was actually wondering more about why Buffalo was so high…

    • stachowiakjp - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Patrick Kane is a Buffalo resident.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      The Buffalo PD forced all of the city’s cabbies to watch last night’s game, that way when they’re assaulted later this summer they’ll easily be able to identify the perp.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        That’s terrible. I gave it a thumb’s up though b/c it’s hilarious.

  10. stachowiakjp - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    That game was awesome. I have nothing else to say. That was simply awesome.

    • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      I’m with you on that one. That was one sick game!

  11. jpelle82 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    pierre: hey eddie, what do you think about this? eddie: long pause…. STFU PIERRE! stop asking me stupid f’ing questions you already know the answer to! gawd!

    was waiting/wishing for that kind of exchange to happen all night. pierre’s like a little kid brother you’re stuck in the car with for 5 hours.

    • mp1131211 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Did you catch this one? Zetterberg shuts down McGuire:

      http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2013/5/30/4379436/henrik-zetterberg-pierre-mcguire-gif

      I’ll admit that I actually like Pierre’s interviews and I’ve listened to Pierre do some analysis of his own outside of the games and I think he’s a smart guy. He’s got a tough job. How do you add something meaningful into the commentary when you’re only given a few words to say it? But its true that often he comes across as a kiss a** and kind of annoying.

      • slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        engblom is 99% worse !

  12. papajack1259 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    High def is the best thing to happen to hockey since Bobby Orr, It is a beautifully orchestrated sport when played well. Last nigh was a well played game

  13. slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    some …actually most of the questions the media asks on the post games show are a pathetic joke ! either they’ve got some dork who only played squash or crokett, so has no clue about a man’s sport or some underdressed hotie they hope will get attention and then ask a assinine question! shows ya what the high ranking media think about the real fans !

  14. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    The four letter network consists of these things regularly:

    1) Lebron James
    2) Miami Heat
    3) Lebron James tweet
    4) New York Suckees
    5) Tim “I suck so bad” Tebow
    6) Tiger Woods
    7) Repeat 1-6

  15. hawkeedawg - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    That was a classic SCF game that will long be used for hi-lites, game intros etc. I am from Canada and lost my CBC Internet feed during the first OT. I had to switch to the NBC feed. Brutal!!
    It is too bad that the USA can’t use the CBC feed because Jim Hughson is the best play by play guy on the planet and the NBC guys are brutal.
    I am not talking Don Cherry here, just the play by play. And CBC’s colour guys make Pierre M look like a kid doing the game under his covers in bed.

  16. yousuxxors - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    ESPN is sports TMZ

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