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Game 7 watched by 8.5M in U.S.

Updated: June 21, 2011, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup-clinching Game 7 victory over the Vancouver Canucks stands as the most-watched National Hockey League game on American television since 1973.

The Game 7 victory was seen by about 8.5 million people on NBC, the Nielsen Co. said. That's the biggest audience since a 1973 playoff contest between the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.

A winner-takes-all game between a Boston franchise that hadn't won professional hockey's championship ...

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