Chicago Blackhawks: Don’t Rest Easy Yet

On Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks finally came home after an extended road trip from Vancouver to San Jose.  The San Jose Sharks were looking to win their first game of the series and avoid going down 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals. Well that’s exactly what happened.

The Sharks tied the game with about four minutes left in the third period and both teams failed to score before the clock wound down. It was time for some overtime hockey and at 12:24 in OT, Dustin Byfuglien scored his seventh playoff goal to win it for the Hawks. It was a good feeling to know that the Blackhawks could win a game at home.

Now, I didn’t see any looting Friday night like the fans of Montreal do after a win, but I did hear a lot of “We’ve got the Cup” talk.  No, we don’t. If the 2010 NHL playoffs have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. Who would have expected the Washington Capitals to be knocked out in the first round? Who would have expected it to be by the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens? Who would expect those same Canadiens to knock out the defending Stanley Cup champs — the Pittsburgh Penguins? And who would expect it to be so hard for teams to win on their home ice during the playoffs?

All I can say is that it’s not over yet. The Blackhawks are within reach of their first shot at the Stanley Cup since ’92 and the Sharks are on the brink of being eliminated earlier than expected once again. Still, nothing has been finalized yet. The Boston Bruins have already proven that a 3-0 series lead can disappear in the blink of an eye.

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Doug Wilson: My New Favorite GM

You all remember my new favorite golfer — Rory McIlroy — whose supposedly “shy” girlfriend captured my heart not too long ago.  As it turns out, I now have a new favorite NHL General Manager, and the reason he has captured my attention is not much different from the one that shot McIlroy to the top of my PGA golfers list.  The Big Lead has brought to my attention Ms. Lacey Wilson, the 26-year-old daughter of San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson.  I doubt Lacey Wilson would claim to be shy, however, as she just recently honorably represented my home state — Massachusetts — in the 2010 Miss USA Pageant.  She finished outside of the top 15, but there’s no denying the fact that the Sharks GM has phenomenal genes.  For any and all who are interested, here are some pictures of Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s daughter, Lacey Wilson, a.k.a. Miss Massachusetts.


Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s Daughter Was Miss Massachusetts [The Big Lead]
Miss Massachusetts Has an NHL Connection [The Slanch Report]
Photo Credit: The Slanch Report