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Bruins’ Game 7 win drew huge rating on NESN

The Bruins’ 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series ranks on a very short list of the most exciting games ever televised on NESN.

Not surprisingly, it also ranks among the highest-rated.

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The game earned a 16.8 rating and a 26 share in the Boston market Monday night. It was the third-highest-rated Bruins game on the network since NESN’s inception in 1984.

The highest-rated game remains Game 7 of last year’s first-round series with the Capitals, which earned a 19.6 on April 25, 2012. Second is Game 7 of the Bruins’ first-round series with the Canadiens on April 27, 2011, which had a 17.7 rating.

NESN’s game coverage during the seven-game series averaged a 11.7 household rating.

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