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Compelling Stanley Cup Playoff games earn historic ratings for NBC, VERSUS, NHL.com

"The National Hockey League, on the heels of announcing the most significant media rights deal in its history, continues to reach new heights across multiple platforms while earning praise from fans and critics alike.

One of the most exciting and compelling Conference Quarterfinal rounds in Stanley Cup Playoff history…led to ratings increases and milestones at both the national and local levels, along with record Internet traffic on NHL.com.

VERSUS achieved the highest U.S. cable viewership for the first round in 17 years, dating back to the 1994 postseason, while on the broadcast side, NBC scored the best U.S. network opening-round audience in seven years."
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