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🏒Montreal Canadiens Could Make History During Game 6

June 24, 2021
Source: Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights: The Canadiens are one win away from becoming the first Canadian team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in a decade, and the setting could not be more perfect. It’s Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec — the province’s biggest holiday — and tonight’s Game 6 begins at 8 p.m. ET in Montreal.

  • Thanks to a 4–1 win on Tuesday, the Habs lead the series 3-2, and if they can’t put it away tonight (fingers, toes and eyes crossed), they’ll try again in Game 7 on Saturday...in Vegas. In Carey we trust. 

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders: Speaking of Game 7, the Isles tied up the other semifinal series 3-3 with a 3–2 overtime win last night, redeeming their 8–0 (!!!) loss on Monday. Game 7 is set for tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET. Can the Lightning make it back-to-back? 

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Ottawa: Brad Sinopoli Announces Retirement and Future Plans

June 24, 2021
Source: Kevin Light/CBC
Source: Kevin Light/CBC

🏈Redblacks: After nine seasons in the CFL, including five with the Redblacks, wide receiver Brad Sinopoli announced his retirement yesterday. The CFL’s two-time Most Outstanding Canadian won’t go far though: the former Ottawa Gee-Gee is sticking around the city as a community ambassador

  • Meanwhile, the rest of the team is preparing for July’s training camp ahead of August’s season start. Check out the full schedule here and start planning your trip to TD Place. Lansdowne is waiting for us.

🏀BlackJacks: Elsewhere at TD Place, the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL)’s third season tips off tonight at 7 p.m. with an Ottawa BlackJacks home game against the Niagara River Lions. Though games are still closed to fans, you can watch online or listen to the amazing HannaH Sunley-Paisley and AJ Jakubec broadcast on TSN 1200.  

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Sports Quick Hits: June 24th, 2021

June 24, 2021
Source: Canada Soccer
Source: Canada Soccer

⚽️Soccer: The CanWNT’s Olympic roster is set, and it’s no surprise that the GOAT Christine Sinclair will lead the team for her fourth Games, alongside 2020 Canadian Player of the Year Kadeisha Buchanan, Jessie Fleming, Quinn, Janine Beckie, Desiree Scott and goalkeepers Stephanie Labbé and Kailen Sheridan (warning: grab a tissue before you click that link).

  • There were a few surprises though: vet Sophie Schmidt and up-and-comer Jordyn Huitema (pronounced HIGH-teh-ma) were included as alternates. 

⛳️Golf: Another weekend, another major. This time, it’s the Women’s PGA Championship, the fourth of five LPGA majors. Reigning champ Sei Young Kim will be back in contention, alongside past winners Brooke Henderson (Canadian!) and Danielle Kang, and 2021 LPGA tour event winners Nelly and Jessica Korda, who are each looking for their first major. Follow along here.

🏀Basketball: Move over, The Last Dance. Michael Jordan made his greatest contribution yet when he announced the Jordan Brand’s “WNBA family” campaign, featuring 11 WNBA players. Representation matters.  

🏀Trae Young Stands Out in NBA Conference Finals

June 24, 2021
Source: ESPN Stats & Info/Twitter
Source: ESPN Stats & Info/Twitter

Conference Finals: The Phoenix Suns have gotten a head start in the West, already up 2-0 on the LA Clippers thanks to a jaw-dropping, last-second alley oop from Deandre Ayton in Tuesday’s Game 2. Chris Paul — who’d been out due to COVID-19 protocol — will be back in the Suns’ lineup tonight for Game 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The brooms are getting excited. 

  • The Atlanta Hawks kicked off the Eastern Conference Finals with a 116–113 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, largely thanks to an impressive 48-point performance from Trae Young. Game 2 is set for tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Toronto Raptors: No, the Raps aren’t playing, but they did win something this week. The Raps snagged the fourth overall pick in Tuesday night’s draft lottery, marking their highest pick since 2006. Their last fourth overall draft picks? Chris Bosh in 2003. We’re taking this as a good sign before the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29th.

On the not bright side, Kyle Lowry surprisingly declined a spot on Team USA’s Olympic roster to instead focus on free agency. The 2016 gold medal winner becomes a free agent in July, but we’re not ready to say goodbye. 

🏒Stanley Cup Semifinals Series Tied on Both Ends

June 21, 2021
AP PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI
AP PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

The series: The Golden Knights tied the series 2-2 with a 2–1 overtime (OT) win last night, proving that their decision to replace starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, after a disastrous mishap on Friday, with backup Robin Lehner was worth it. 

  • Though Montreal opened the scoring with this beauty, it was Vegas who had the last laugh, with Quebec-native Nicolas Roy notching the game-winner just 1 minute and 18 seconds into OT. Tough. Game 5’s back in Vegas tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET.
  • BTW, Habs’ head coach Dominique Ducharme will likely miss the rest of the series as he recovers from COVID-19, but we’re happy to watch assistant Luke Richardson lead the team while doing it for his daughter Daron

The other series: Meanwhile, the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Tampa Bay Lightning, are facing their own pesky challenge in the New York Islanders. After the Isles won Game 4 on Saturday, the series is tied 2-2 heading into Game 5 tonight at 8 p.m. ET.