It was Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers. Chicago led the series 3-2 and needed just one win to grab their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.  Could they win on Philly’s home ice?  Not an exactly an easy place to play.

Well, the game started in a dead heat at 1-1.  Then, Philly grabbed the lead causing the stadium to go crazy.  Patrick Sharp tied it up for the Blackhawks at 2 to quiet the crowd.  The game was tied at 3 at the end of the third period and would require a sudden death overtime — always a very intimidating time for goalies in hockey.  Well, unfortunately for Flyers fans, the overtime was essentially over before it began.  Chicago’s Patrick Kane slid a beautiful shot past Philadelphia goalie Michael Leighton.  Experts argue that Leighton should have made this easy save, but he is human and he simply didn’t.  With that, the Chicago Blackhawks return to hockey’s top spot.  Chicago 4, Philadelphia 3.


In the NBA, it looks like the re-born New Jersey Nets have a new coach:  former Mavericks coach and NBA on-screen analyst Avery Johnson. Johnson coached the Mavericks to their best season ever only to lose in the first round of the playoffs in 2007.  Now he gets another chance to take the reigns of a big-market team with a lot of young talent (Devin Harris, Brook Lopez, Terrence Williams) and most likely a high-class free agent (possibly Chris Bosh or Carlos Boozer).  New Jersey was horrendous this year, but once they get healthy next season and with Johnson’s guidance, they might just sneak into the playoffs.

In other NBA coaching news, there are reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers are heavily interested in Byron Scott.  Scott has a good coaching track record, posting strong seasons with the New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets.  He just might be the guy who can help the Cavaliers get over the hump.  But, if they lose LeBron, Scott will be coaching a NBA Draft Lottery team.

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