The parallels continue between the Blackhawks & Chelsea, Patrick Kane & Eden Hazard.
Leading 2-0 in the series, the 'Hawks went into Minnesota with a solid, defensive gameplan (sadly, nobody was screaming on Twitter about how they're killing hockey). They took the crowd out of it, they played it simple and safe. They hit the crossbar, then they hit the post. And then Kane lost his man at the far post and the Wild scored. And then the hosts pulled off one passage of actual skilled passing and scored a second, after which Chicago threw everybody forward, eventually giving up an unlucky power play goal and an empty netter.
Oh well. Sucks that game 4 is not until Friday. What kind of silly scheduling is this?
In other news...
Jack Bauer's back against all good taste and common sense | SB Nation
I didn't watch it. Thanks to Jon Bois, I don't need to.
Another banner day for football in Slovakia | SB Nation
One pitch invader (from the away team) gets knocked down/out by another (from the home team), who then manages to taunt and escape from the riot police back into the stands. Ess. Em. Aitch.
FOOTBALL (all times BST):
17.45: Eredivisie EL-place playoff, semifinal first leg: Groningen vs. Vitesse
18.00: Ligue 1, 2nd vs. 16th: Monaco vs. Guingamp
19.45: Premier League, 17th vs. 16th: Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion
19.45: Premier League, 2nd vs. 14th: Manchester City vs. Aston Villa
20.00: La Liga, 19th vs. 2nd: Real Valladolid vs. Real Madrid