The Western New York area watched South Buffalo Patrick Kane become the hero of game six of the Stanley Cup Finals in high numbers Wednesday night but it wasn’t a local record.
The Chicago Black Hawks’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Cup on Kane’s goal averaged a 13.2 rating on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate.
That was more than double the 5.8 national overnight rating of major markets, which NBC reports was the best overnight rating for any Stanley Cup final in 36 years.
The 13.2 rating here was higher than the 11.1 that Channel 2 had for game six of the Stanley Cup finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings in 2009 but below the 14.0 rating that the local NBC affiliate received a year ago when the Penguins won the Cup in game seven.
Of course, game 7’s typically have the highest-ratings of any games in a series and presumably the Hawks-Flyers would have higher ratings if the Flyers had forced a game 7 Wednesday night.
Kane, of course, wasn’t the only local attraction. Former Buffalo Sabre defenseman Brian Campbell also took a stroll along the ice with the Cup as a member of the Black Hawks. And former Sabre Danny Briere was one of the stars of the losing Flyers.