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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? 

🏒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.

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Sports Quick Hits: June 17th, 2021

June 17, 2021
Source: Montreal Canadiens/Twitter
Source: Montreal Canadiens/Twitter

🏒NHL: Thanks to a perfect combo of early goals and stellar goaltending, the Montreal Canadiens are back in it. Last night’s 3–2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights tied up the series 1-1, and the Habs have a chance to take the lead in Game 3, tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET.

🏀WNBA: Not only has the W been bringing the spice off the court, the on-court action’s just heating up. On Tuesday, Sue Bird moved into second on the all-time three-pointers list. Meanwhile, the inaugural Commissioner's Cup race is still tight with under a month remaining. And, lucky for us, 10 of the league’s 12 teams play tonight. Grab some popcorn and tune in. 

⛳️Golf: Oh, you want more drama? We got you. Check out yesterday’s Special Edition U.S. Open newsletter, including all the tea on the spiciest golf feud since Bob Barker punched Happy Gilmore. And then tune in to today’s live coverage on TSN to watch Canadians Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes and Taylor Pendrith vie for their first majors.  

🏒Montreal Canadiens to play the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1

June 14, 2021
Source: Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports

Game one: The Habs’ journey continues tonight at 9 p.m. ET — a full week after sweeping the Winnipeg Jets. Their semifinal opponent? The Vegas Golden Knights, a four-year-old expansion team in their fourth straight postseason. Wunderkinds. 

The series: After finishing second in the West Division and as one of the favorites to win the Cup before the season even started, Vegas has the clear advantage. With one of the strongest first lines in the league and newfound powerhouse defense, they’ve made a hockey oasis in a desert town. 

But — and that’s a big but — Montreal has been written off more times than we can chant “olé!” and they’re still in it. They’re the underdogs, of course, but that chip on their shoulder helped them make it this far. TL; DR: this is going to be fun. 

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NBA and NHL Playoffs Continue to Bring the Action

June 10, 2021
Source: NHL on NBC/Twitter
Source: NHL on NBC/Twitter

 🏀NBA: The conference semifinals are heating up. In last night’s only game, the Phoenix Suns doubled their lead over the Denver Nuggets with a 123–98 win in Game 2. Tonight, two series continue: the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Brooklyn Nets (who lead 2-0, despite still not having James Harden) and the LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz (who lead 1-0).

🏒NHL: The Montreal Canadiens are still waiting to find out who they'll face in the semifinals. The Habs will play the winner of the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche series, which Vegas is leading 3-2. Game 6 is tonight, and if the Avs can tie it up, then Game 7 is Saturday. Please let it happen, hockey gods.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, are preparing for the New York Saints Islanders, after the Isles beat the Boston Bruins 6–2 last night. That series will likely start this weekend. Bring it on.