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

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The Stanley Cup finals ended up with a record-low Nielsen TV ratings for NBC, which had the final three games of the five-game series between the Ducks and Ottawa Senators.

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, 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 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 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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