Pens-Caps Game 7 shatters ratings record

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Pittsburgh just might be able to stake a claim to the title Hockeytown.

The Penguins' 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their second-round NHL playoff series Wednesday night set another record, registering a 24.97 average rating on FSN Pittsburgh, according to Nielsen Media Research.

It marked the third consecutive game that FSN Pittsburgh shattered its own record for most-watched NHL game -- Game 6 drew a rating of 24.2 and Game 5 a 21.2.

Those three games were the highest-rated events ever carried by the local network and were the most viewed hockey games ever on any FSN regional sports network throughout the country.

By comparison, the Penguins drew an average rating of 6.9 for the regular season -- which was record. Just for perspective, Mario Lemieux's comeback from retirement in 2000 drew a 15.9.

The Eastern Conference final and Stanley Cup final will be carried by Versus and NBC.

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