Bruins-Blues Game 7 was most-watched NHL game on record

Jay Bouwmeester hoisted the Stanley Cup, the first in Blues’ franchise history. –john tlumacki/Globe staff

The Bruins’ loss to the Blues in the Stanley Cup Final in Game 7 was not a popular subject for fans in Boston, but Thursday night’s game drew nearly 9 million viewers to NBC, making it the most-watched NHL game on record. In St. Louis, the game did a 41.8 rating, NBC Sports’ highest-rated Blues game ever in the market. The seven-game series averaged a total audience delivery of 5.468 million, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final in four years and the third-most watched Final on record.