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NHL NOTEBOOK: TV RATINGS GO LOW FOR NBC'S GAMES.



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The Stanley Cup Stanley Cup: see hockey, ice.
Stanley Cup

Trophy awarded annually to the winning team of the National Hockey League championship. Named for its donor, the Canadian governor-general Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston
 finals ended up with a record-low Nielsen TV ratings for NBC NBC
 in full National Broadcasting Co.

Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network.
, which had the final three games of the five-game series between the Ducks and Ottawa Senators The Ottawa Senators (French: Les Sénateurs d'Ottawa) are a professional men's hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). .

Games 3-5 on NBC averaged a 1.6 national rating and a 3 share, the network said Thursday. That's down 20 percent from the 2.0/4 for the same three games last year.

The Ducks' series-ending 6-2 victory Wednesday night received a 1.8/3, down 28 percent from last year's 2.5/4 in Game 5. Versus had Games 1 and 2.

In Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, , Game 5 did a 6.0 rating on KNBC- Channel 4 -- the most-watched show against all other competition between 5-to-8 p.m..

The three Stanley Cup games on KNBC KNBC Kings Norton Bowling Club  averaged a 2.3 rating (with adults 25-54) as compared with last year's five-game series, which delivered a .7 rating -- a 229 percent year-to-year improvement.

-- Tom Hoffarth

Roster moves: The Minnesota Wild The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Their symbol is a bear made to look like the wilderness. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).  added depth and complication to their goalie situation by re-signing Niklas Backstrom to a two-year, $6.2 million contract.

Backstrom went 23-8-6 with five shutouts in 41 games, taking over when Manny Fernandez got hurt and steering the Wild toward their first playoff appearance in four years with an unexpected performance ...

The Dallas Stars re-signed 36-year-old center Stu Barnes to a one-year deal worth $900,000.

The 15-year veteran had 13 goals and 12 assists last year.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 8, 2007
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