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Watching Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

from Bill Shea of The Athletic,

NBC’s National Hockey League and Stanley Cup swan song began on Monday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s title defense began with a 5-1 thumping of the visiting Montreal Canadiens, which is making its first finals appearance since winning an NHL-record 24th championship in 1993.

NBC said the game averaged 1.66 million combined viewers on its NBCSN cable channel and Peacock streaming audience. That makes it the least-watched Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final since 2007, per historic data from Sports Media Watch. The 2007 Senators-Ducks opener averaged 769,000 on Versus (remember Versus? That was NBCSN’s name from 2006-11).

Last year, when the pandemic forced the delayed NHL playoffs into so-called bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto, the Lightning-Dallas Stars Game 1 aired on NBC and it averaged 2.16 million total viewers.

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