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Kings tie series to force game 7 -- but TV viewers almost miss it*

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Graphic shown on NBCSN during outage at end of game tonight.

With about 30 seconds to go in tonight's tense playoff game between the Kings and Ducks, and the tension at its peak, TV screens froze in a sea of green. After several seconds, a holding graphic went up while scratchy audio picked up the action. (The graphic showed each team's playoff seeding, Ducks 1 Kings 3, which some viewers took to be the score, which would have meant the Kings scored during the TV outage. They didn't.) The NBCSN TV signal was restored before the final seconds of flurry and fury, but there was no doubt a lot of cursing in Kings land. And no explanation. Oddly, similar thing happened near the end of the Clippers-Thunder game on May 11. The screen froze. That was on ABC, a different network. So while I haven't heard a cause for either screw-up, the common thread for viewers in LA seems to be: Time Warner Cable (grr). Did either outage happen to you other than on Time Warner?

* Update: Looks like this one's NBC, not Time Warner. The outage hit viewers on several delivery systems, not just cable.

The Kings, by the way, won 2-1. Game 7 is Friday in Anaheim. The winner of that game will move to the Western Conference finals and play the Chicago Blackhawks starting on Sunday.


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