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Record television audience watches Canucks edge Bruins 1-0 in Stanley Cup

Vancouver Canucks right wing Maxim Lapierre celebrates with teammates Alexander Edler and Manny Malhotra after scorong the first goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period of game 5 Stanley Cup final playoff hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, June 10, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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Vancouver Canucks right wing Maxim Lapierre celebrates with teammates Alexander Edler and Manny Malhotra after scorong the first goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period of game 5 Stanley Cup final playoff hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, June 10, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

TORONTO - A record average audience watched the Vancouver Canucks move to within a victory of capturing their first Stanley Cup, according to CBC.

An average gathering of 6.1 million Canadians watched Vancouver earn a 1-0 win over Boston on Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. That made it the most watched NHL broadcast in CBC history, surpassing the 5.6 million that watched earlier in this final.

This game followed the introduction of a new measuring system in September 2009 that has seen sports TV ratings skyrocket.

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