NBCSN drew a 2.6 overnight rating for the Blues' 3-2 OT win over the Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, down 7% from a 2.8 overnight for last year's Capitals-Golden Knights Game 2 on the same network. Last night's rating is up 4% from a 2.5 overnight two years ago for Penguins-Predators. Boston led all local markets last night with a 22.9 rating, followed by St. Louis with a 22.0, marking NBC Sports' best ever cable NHL rating there. Providence (15.4), Buffalo (7.1) and Pittsburgh (4.0) rounded out the top 5 markets (Josh Carpenter, THE DAILY).
CHIT CHAT: The NHL "teamed up with chat engagement platform GameOn" on a new NHL Chatbot, which "gives hockey fans access to content including news updates, game previews, notifications, scoring alerts, schedules, standings and in-game highlights in both video and GIF form." The bot "responds to fans' natural language requests for specific content, players and teams, and users can choose which updates to receive" (ADWEEK.com, 5/28).
HOLIDAY HELP: Monday's Brewers-Twins game on FS North had a "whopping 11.6 household rating -- the largest for a Twins game on FSN since Sept. 21, 2010," though it was likely "buoyed" by Monday being a holiday. The game was also the "highest-rated Twins game in May ever" on FS North (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/30).