NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday, June 12, in Chicago.
Based on their superior regular-season point total, the Western Conference Champion Chicago Blackhawks will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven Final, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary.
Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 6, if necessary, will be hosted by the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins.
In the U.S., NBC will broadcast Games 1 and 4 of the Final and, if necessary, Games 5-7. NBC Sports Network will telecast Games 2 and 3.
In Canada, CBC and RDS will televise the entire series.
All games also will be carried on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. NHL Network will feature special programming surrounding the Stanley Cup Final and NHL.com will continue to provide extensive digital coverage.
Media Day in advance of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final will be Tuesday, June 11, at the United Center. Interview opportunities will be available with the general manager, head coach and entire roster of both the Blackhawks and Bruins. A full schedule of events for Media Day will be released at a later date.
All games are at 8PM Eastern Time (but still subject to change.)
2013 NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS
SERIES O 1 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. BOSTON BRUINS 4
Game 1: Wed. @CHI Game 2: Sat. @CHI Game 3: 6/17 @BOS Game 4: 6/19 @BOS Game 5: 6/22 @CHI * Game 6: 6/24 @BOS * Game 7: 6/26 @CHI *
* if necessary
I wasn't really impressed with the Hawks, but they looked a lot better against the Kings than they did against the Wings. The Bruins, on the other hand, have had a pretty easy time of it against the Rangers and the Penguins, so how can I not pick them? Let's say... Bruins in 6.
Hard to believe this is the first time the Blackhawks and Bruins have ever met in a Stanley Cup finals. Original Six 4 Life.
Boston in six, but my god, I'm rooting for the Blackhawks since I hate the Bruins.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
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The Blackhawks will hoist the Cup at home, whether that means the series goes 5 or 7.
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Boston in 7. They are playing great right now, but remember they were down 4-1 in the 3rd period of Game 7 against Toronto. They have been awesome since then, but the Hawks are a pretty good team, too.
Hawks in 6. Kane is coming on and Duncan Keith has been amazing in the playoffs. Their 4th line has been playing great and and Shaw, a guy we didn't think much of during the regular season, has been great. Plus they are great penalty killers.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
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Bruins in 6. I want the Blackhawks to win but Boston just looks like they're hitting their peak at the right time. I'm still amazed at how easily they totally shut down Pittsburgh's offense; that was as dominant a conference final series as I remember seeing in a while.
Originally posted by jerichofan717Can't root for Boston after what they did to my Penguins...so I'll say Hawks in 5.
I'm with you. Can't root for Boston after what they did to my Leafs.
Hawks in 7.
If I was a Penguins or Maple Leafs fan, I'd be more pissed at my team for not showing up for a series or blowing a 3 goal lead halfway through the 3rd period of a series clinching game. But that's just me.
Despite the outcome of last night's game, I'll say Bruins in 6.
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Looks like this matchup is good for ratings. Highest rated Finals Game 1 since 1997.
NEW YORK -- Chicago's 4-3 triple-overtime win over Boston attracted the most TV viewers for an opening game of the Stanley Cup finals in 16 years.
NBC's broadcast averaged 6.358 million viewers, the most to watch a Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals since Detroit and Philadelphia drew 9,000 more on FOX in 1997.
It marked an increase of 119 percent compared to the Stanley Cup finals series opener last year with the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils.
NBC is averaging more than 3 million viewers during the playoffs, an increase of 38 percent compared to last year. NBC and the NBC Sports Network are combining to average 1.191 million viewers for each game, an increase of seven percent versus last year.
Can't believe all 7 games won't be on national TV. It'll be interesting to see what the ratings are now that the games are switching to cable.
Originally posted by jerichofan717Can't believe all 7 games won't be on national TV. It'll be interesting to see what the ratings are now that the games are switching to cable.
Cable is "national TV" but if you meant network TV, oddly enough, a full NHL Stanley Cup Finals series has NEVER been 100% on network TV, if you choose to believe Wikipedia.
This is actually the first season where NBC got games 1 and 4 - in the past, it had either had 1 and 2 OR 3 and 4 with OLN/Versus/NBC Sports showing the other two. (NBC always had any Games 5-7 since taking over from ESPN/ABC.)
Guts, hell yeah. I've never seen so many players, especially high-dollar players, blocking point shots in my life. Truly inspiring to watch, even for a lifelong Habs fan like myself. And Gary Roberts was playing like a man possessed.