How in the puck is it possible for hockey to be a TV hit in June?
That may not sound like much compared with NFL ratings, but that was the most-watched Game 2 in a Stanley Cup final since at least 1994.
Hockey ratings suffer in comparison to basketball and especially football. Last year's Game 2 between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks on NBCSN drew just 4 million. In 2012, the Kings and New Jersey Devils gathered a crowd of fewer than 3 million.
But this year, the ice is finally cracking NBC's way. Game 2 scored giant-sized 21 audience shares in both New York and Los Angeles - which just happen to be the biggest TV markets in the nation.
Game 3 of the Stanley Cup will be played Monday night. The Kings lead the series 2-0.
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