News, notes and quotes as the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks get set to resume the Stanley Cup Final tonight in Tampa with Game 2 [7:15 p.m., NBC]:
Series at a glance: The Blackhawks won the series opener 2-1 when forwards Teuvu Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored back-to-back, third-period goals.
Comeback kids: Dating to Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final – which also featured the Blackhawks – five of the past seven Stanley Cup Final games have seen the victorious team overcome a deficit at any point in the contest, including four in the third period.
Last Seven Stanley Cup Final Games
2015: Game 1 – CHI 2 at TBL 1 (CHI trailed 1-0 in 3rd period)
2014: Game 5 – NYR 2 at LAK 3 (2OT) (LAK trailed 2-1 in 3rd period)
2014: Game 4 – LAK 1 at NYR 2*
2014: Game 3 – LAK 3 at NYR 0*
2014: Game 2 – NYR 4 at LAK 5 (2OT) (LAK trailed 4-2 in 3rd period)
2014: Game 1 – NYR 2 at LAK 3 (OT) (LAK trailed 2-0 in 1st period)
2013: Game 6 – CHI 3 at BOS 2 (CHI trailed 2-1 in 3rd period)
* Winning team did not trail.
Including Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks have led for a combined 5:33 in their last two Stanley Cup Final games (out of 120:00 total) – both wins.
The last two Stanley Cup winners have trailed for more time than they have led during the course of the series. The Blackhawks led for 21.0 percent of total playing time in 2013 (BOS: 23.1 percent) and the Kings led for 18.8 percent of total playing time in 2014 (NYR: 30 percent).
The Kings, who won Games 1 and 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final vs. NYR, did not hold the lead in either contest until scoring the decisive goal in overtime.
NBC ratings: Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final produced a 3.34 household rating and averaged 5.547 million viewers, making it the most-watched Game 1 that did not require overtime in 18 years and NBC’s second most-watched Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final ever.
Viewership of Game 1 was up 16 percent compared to Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Kings and Rangers (4.785 million viewers). The only Game 1 on NBC to surpass Wednesday’s viewership was Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Bruins, which was decided in triple-overtime (6.315 million viewers).
The game peaked with 6.433 million viewers from 10:30 – 10:45 p.m. ET.
What the Lightning are saying:
“This will be a different test for our group. I think we look at all the positives in [Game 1]. There was a lot. I know that was the first game for a lot of us in the Final, but I don’t think that’s an excuse for our group anymore. We got that out of the way. We played extremely well, especially the first two periods. If we’re in that position again, we’ll make the necessary adjustments. But there’s a lot of good things, and we’re going to build on that.” – Lightning captain Steven Stamkos
“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to try to win every playoff game. I think that’s the way you approach it. You approach the game, you want to win it. You want to do everything you can to do it. That’s the way we’re going to approach tomorrow, the same way we approached Game 1.” – Lightning forward Ryan Callahan
“We’re here for a reason. I think we’re a really good team. We need to be able to understand that we can lock it down by playing our game, skating forward, forechecking, taking the puck out of their hands. They’re a really good team, too, if you give them too much time and space. They can hurt you.” – Lightning forward Brian Boyle
“We respect everybody, but there’s no fear in the room. Especially after playing [Wednesday] night’s game, when you’re feeling out your opponent a little bit . . . We got a taste of who we were playing against. It’s probably in our style. This is four series; third one where we’ve lost Game 1. We’ve never made it easy on ourselves. But we came here to win this thing, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.” – Lightning head coach Jon Cooper
What the Blackhawks are saying:
“I think we know that we didn’t play our best game. I think we finally started to find our game late in the game. You can go over and over the parts of the game where they could have opened it wide up and maybe we wouldn’t have had a chance to get back and find ways to win the game. But [Corey Crawford] played great. It’s not the first time he’s stolen a game for us in these playoffs and throughout this season. So for the most part I think we found our game slowly as the game went on.” – Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews
“This is very exciting. It is something I was looking forward to. I’ve been saying all along this is a great opportunity. Trying to make the best out of it. We have a good group, great players. This is a very exciting moment. Every time you have a chance to play at that time of the year, this is something you want to grab and take advantage of it.” – Blackhawks forward Antoine Vermette
“I think there’s always a feeling in our locker room when we’re down a goal or couple of goals that we might come back. There’s always a feeling. I think it’s just a great thing to have there.” – Blackhawks forward Teuvo Teravainen
“I thought Game 1 we weren’t quick enough to begin. I think we found out how fast they really are. Certainly got our attention. When you’re down in the third period, you’re pressing. I’m not saying gambling, but you’re pushing the envelope. We got a couple of breaks. But there’s not a lot of room out there, not a lot of time. But I think our team realizes now everything’s got to be fast, quicker. The strength of our team is finding ways to win. [Wednesday] was a good example.” – Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville
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