HAPPIEST HOSSA DAY:
It started with the best rendition of the Star-spangled Banner in all of sports.
Teeth got the winner, Kane the insurance after a pretty play from Brad Richards. Crawford was great and lucky in the shutout. The only game of the six to not be decided by a single goal. Never in doubt.
Three Stanley Cups in six years. That's a modern dynasty.
Three Cups for the core group of Toews, Kane, Sharp, Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, and HOSSA. My man Hoss. Love it.
Two Cups for the likes of Crawford, Saad, Shaw, Oduya, Kruger, Versteeg, and the injured Rozsival. Clutch. First for the kid Teravainen, who played nervous for the first time all season in Game 6. First for trade deadline help like face-off king Vermette and eater of minutes Desjardins. And the first for a legend of the game, whose last action on skates was to lift the Cup high above his head and drink up the adoration of the United Center and hockey fans around the world. Go for a skate, baby, go for a skate.
The harsh reality of the salary cap means many will leave. Many of the core group are over 30, some significantly so. How long can Keith do superhuman things? How long can Seabrook & Hjammer be the unsung heroes? How long can Hossa be a demi-god on a regular basis? You gotta make room to pay Saad. The Blackhawks front office have done an excellent job in keeping the core of the team together over the last 6-7 years; how long can they keep the good times going? Rozsival's injury exposed a very thin defense after the top 4, and Oduya's a free agent, too. Interesting summer ahead.
But for now, it's celebration time with a soundtrack of the radio highlights from WGN, the best in the business.
FOOTBALL (all times BST):
19.30: Int'l Friendly: Italy vs. Portugal
22.00: Women's World Cup: Switzerland vs. Cameroon
22.00: Women's World Cup: Ecuador vs. Japan
22.00: Copa América: Paraguay vs. Jamaica
00.30 (next day): Copa América: Argentina vs. Uruguay
01.00 (next day): Women's World Cup: Nigeria vs. USA
01.00 (next day): Women's World Cup: Australia vs. Sweden
03.30 (next day): US Open Cup, 4th round: Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers
03.30 (next day): US Open Cup, 4th round: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sacramento Republic FC
05.00 (next day): U20 World Cup, semifinal: Brazil vs. Senegal