Great night of hockey last night and what a night of basketball we have tonight. The Stack is here to talk about it all so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, June 20:
Blackhawks even series with Bruins
For the third time in four games, the Stanley Cup Finals went to overtime. Just as in game one, the Chicago Blackhawks prevailed in overtime, beating the Boston Bruins 6-5 to even the series up 2-2. We've seen good goaltending in this series. Last night's game was not a showcase of that. Tied 1-1 in the second period, the Blackhawks got goals from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in a span of less than two minutes. When Toews and Kane score, Chicago's record is ridiculously good. That's because they are star players. They're supposed to do that. Toews has not really gotten going this postseason. Last night's goal was just his second of the postseason.
Later in the second period with under six minutes left, three goals were scored in a span of less than three minutes, with Boston scoring two of them. The final 45 seconds of the period were especially crazy. Boston applied a ton of pressure and got at least three shots on goal, but couldn't get it in the net though Chris Kelly I believe had a chance to put the puck into a wide open net and simply missed it wide.
It wouldn't take Boston long to tie the game in the third period, but Chicago responded with a power play goal to retake the lead. Less than a minute later Boston's Johnny Boychuk took a slap shot from near the blue line and got it by Corey Crawford to tie the game up 5-5. Overtime they went and halfway through the extra period, Brent Seabrook's shot got by Tuukka Rask and the Blackhaws won the roller coaster affair 6-5. Love the back and forth games like this and while defensive games are good with stellar goaltending, there is nothing wrong with a game like this. The series is going at least six games and that is good for hockey. Game five is Saturday night at 8 PM ET on NBC. Should be a fantastic game.
NBA Finals game 7 tonight
The San Antonio Spurs gave away the NBA championship Tuesday night in game six. Head coach Gregg Popovich out-thought himself by taking Tim Duncan out on defense twice late in the game and on both of those possessions, the Heat got an offensive rebound on a missed three-pointer and that seond chance led to two three point makes. Ray Allen's three pointer was one of the best I've ever seen. Simply amazing. You knew when that game went to overtime that the Heat would win. They did 103-100. Where are the Spurs at mentally right now? They had the NBA championship in their grasp, up 99-94 with 28 seconds left. A couple of missed free throws didn't help them. Game six was simply a classic. Wonder what will happen in game 7. Miami has the edge with the homecourt even though their fan base is among the worst in the NBA. The fans in Miami that is. Stay in your seats! It seems as though most everyone thinks the Heat will win tonight (9 PM ET on ABC). We shouldn't count the Spurs out, but they are older and they may be a tad more spent after game six, both physically and emotionally. Miami definitely has the momentum and it's up to the Spurs to stop them. We could see a close game or it could be a Heat blowout. Going to be fascinating to watch tonight. As cool as it would be to see Dunca win his fifth NBA championship, but I don't think it will happen. Miami wins tonight and wins their second consecutive NBA championship. Enjoy the game everyone.
Aaron Hernandez situation getting more interesting
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez appears to be getting into some hot water following an "associate" whose body was found Monday night near his house. To this point, Hernandez is not considered a suspect, but he could be soon. More details are coming out that Hernandez was in the car with the man, ID'd as Odin Lloyd before he died. There appanetly were four people in the car when they left their hotspot earlier that night. Police have searched Hernandez's house twice. The situation will continue to unfold and more details will emerge and Hernandez's season could be in jeopardy. He may be cleared, but as we hear more and more, it sounds as though Hernandez was involved at leat in some capacity. The situation bears watching. This won't be the last time we talk about this I feel.
Coming up Friday: Game 7 NBA Finals reaction