The Puck Stops Here: NBA Melts NHL in Ratings Race

Heat, Mavs burn up Nielsen; hockey on thin ice

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After the NBA Finals and the NHL Stanley Cup Finals both got off to fast starts last week, the two championship series are heading in two very different directions.

At first blush, the ratings for the NHL title skirmish were promising, as the best-of-seven series between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks bowed on NBC to 4.56 million viewers (June 1). Vancouver scored with 18.5 seconds left in regulation to take a 1-0 series lead over Boston.

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