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NY Rangers @ Los Angeles, Game 2, 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT, NBC, CBC, RDS
In the U.S., NBC will broadcast Games 1 and 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final and, if necessary, Games 5-7. NBCSN will telecast Games 3 and 4. In Canada, CBC and RDS will televise the entire series. Not sure where to find the game? Use our channel finder:
Following is the 2014 Stanley Cup Final media schedule of events for Friday, June 6 (all times Pacific):
Until 2:00 p.m. – Media Credential Pickup
Credential Trailer – STAPLES Center – Located on Chick Hearn Court (11th Street)
10:00 a.m. – Los Angeles Kings Practice followed by Media Availability
Toyota Sports Center
555 N. Nash St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
12:00 p.m. – New York Rangers Practice followed by Media Availability
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Media Transportation:
Immediately following the Kings’ availability, a shuttle bus will depart from Toyota Sports Center for STAPLES Center.
Shuttles will depart from the Westin Los Angeles Airport for STAPLES Center every hour on the hour until 11:00 a.m.
Shuttles from STAPLES Center returning to the Westin Los Angeles Airport will depart every hour on the hour between 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
“We’re not going to beat [the Kings] if we do not all bring our ‘A’ game. It is that strong of an opponent that we’re playing against. Our ‘B’ game won’t do it. They’re one of the best teams I’ve seen in a long time. Areas to exploit, they don’t jump out at you. We’re going to have to be better than we were.” – Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault
“We can’t always get away with this, losing 2-0 right from the get-go. We have to make sure we learn from it and just have to have a better start next game because it could have been 3-0 easily. [Jonathan Quick] made some great saves. We were able to come back. We just have to play like we did in third period.” – Kings forward Marian Gaborik
“In the third we had way too many turnovers, didn’t get deep enough in their zone. They’re a good team. If you give them time to skate with the puck, time to spend a lot of time in our end, they’re going to do a good job. They have big bodies. They’re never going to give up.” – Rangers forward Carl Hagelin
“We’ve done it how many times? We came back and managed to win the game. I think that’s obviously a positive that we did pull it off. But we can’t put ourselves in a hole against a team like that where they keep coming and they have a lot of firepower that can hurt you pretty quick.” – Kings forward Anze Kopitar
“I think as a team, our speed is one of our strengths. In order to have success, you have to play to your strengths and play your game. We just want to focus on making sure that we get ourselves ready to play Game 2.” – Rangers forward Derek Stepan
“For our team, it’s just a result of us being together for a long time. I think that goes a longer ways than most people think. When it gets really hard, really tough, you know the guy next to you very well. You know what he’s going to do in those types of situations. You can rely on each other in ways that a team that is just forming or getting together, you don’t necessarily have that trust built up to weather the storm when you need to.” – Kings captain Dustin Brown
“[Dan Girardi is] a guy that has been through so many ups and downs in his career, we know he’s going to bounce back and be a huge part of our Game 2 here.” – Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh
“For us, the division title or Western Conference championship doesn’t mean too much if you don’t get the ultimate goal. We come in every year at training camp focused on winning the Stanley Cup. That’s our mindset from Day 1. Coaches do a great job of keeping us set on that plan, along with our leaders, the players in the room. Everybody knows what we need to do to get it done. We go out and do it.” – Kings forward Jeff Carter
Rangers forward Derek Dorsett and Kings forward Trevor Lewis will be blogging for throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering insight on what’s happening inside the locker room as well as within the confines of the rink.
Check out what Dorsett and Lewis had to say following Game 1.
* Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final averaged 4.777 million viewers and drew a 3.0 household rating, making it NBC’s second-most watched Stanley Cup Final Game 1 ever and the second-most watched Game 1 overall since 1999.
* NBC won the night in primetime among adults 18-49 with a 1.9 rating.
* Game 1 was up 65% in viewership compared to the last time the Kings were in the Stanley Cup Final (2.902 million in 2012) and up 212% versus the last time the Rangers appeared (1.532 million on ESPN in 1994; not including RSN viewership in New York).
* The only Game 1 on NBC to surpass Wednesday’s opener was last year’s triple-overtime thriller between the Blackhawks and Bruins, which averaged 6.358 million.
* The game peaked at 5.7 million viewers on NBC from 10:45 – 11:00 p.m. ET.
* Combined with CBC (2.46 million viewers), Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final drew 7.23 million viewers across North America (does not include RDS figures).
The Islanders acquired defenseman Dan Boyle from the Sharks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft . . . The Wild signed forward Michael Keranen from Finland’s Elite League . . . ICYMI: breaks down the shot attempts on Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick in Game 1 . . . The Rangers announced that Dominique Ansel Bakery will feature an exclusive Rangers Cronut on Monday, June 9. A limited quantity of the special red, white and blue Cronut will be available for one-day only at the bakery . . . Kings mascot Bailey made a guest appearance on ESPN’s “SportsNation” . . . Miss New York USA Candace Kendall and Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze cheer their states on in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final (photo credit: Miss Universe Organization / Darren Decker).
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