Television ratings for the decisive game of the Stanley Cup finals were double the last Game 6 in 2006.

The Detroit Red Wings' clinching 3-2 victory Wednesday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins drew a 4.4 overnight rating and a 7 share on NBC, the network said yesterday. The Game 6 between Edmonton and Carolina 2 years ago earned a 2.2.

The Red Wings claimed their fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years. Detroit has been in the playoffs 17 straight seasons, the longest current run among teams in any North American sport.

Noteworthy

* After 20 seasons in the NHL and 13 as one of the most popular faces of the Carolina Hurricanes' franchise, Glen Wesley announced his retirement yesterday because of family reasons. The team then gave the defenseman a job in the front office and pledged to retire his No. 2 jersey.

* After 20 seasons in the NHL and 13 as one of the most popular faces of the Carolina Hurricanes' franchise, Glen Wesley announced his retirement yesterday because of family reasons. The team then gave the defenseman a job in the front office and pledged to retire his No. 2 jersey.

"It's time for me to move on," said the 39-year-old veteran of two decades in the NHL. Wesley is the only player to have played in each of the Hurricanes' 10 seasons since the team once known as the Hartford Whalers moved to North Carolina. *