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Bruins-Blackhawks deliver for NBC Sports Network

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday attracted the most viewers for an NHL game ever on NBC Sports Network.

The Bruins' 2-1 overtime victory earned a 2.0 rating and was seen by an average of 3.964 million viewers. It's the most-watched Game 2 on cable in 16 years, and the most-watched Stanley Cup finals game on cable in 11 years, according to Fast National data provided by The Nielsen Company on Monday.

The viewership number surpassed Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals between Philadelphia and Chicago (3.6 million) on NBCSN. It is the second-most watched event ever on NBCSN, trailing only the U.S. Women’s soccer gold medal match vs. Japan during the London 2012 Olympics, which averaged 4.350 million viewers.

The game was the most-watched Stanley Cup final contest on cable since 2002 (Carolina-Detroit, June 4, ESPN, 4.015 million) and the most-watched final Game 2 on cable since 1997 (Detroit-Philadelphia, June 3, ESPN, 4.955 million). It was up 237 percent compared to Game 3 last year (the first on NBC Sports Network), which averaged 1.176 million viewers for New Jersey-Los Angeles.

The Bruins and Blackhawks meet in Game 3 tonight at 8 on NBCSN.

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