It's Sunday, so I'm going to share seven things that I'm grateful for, in honor of the two playoff rounds that went all the way to seven.
First, I'm still grateful for Friday night, in which my underdog team stepped into Madison Square Garden and shut out the Rangers. Fans met them at the airport at 3 AM, and got to chat with a drunk Jon Cooper -- I love how his tie is totally askew in the video, with no fucks given. Second, I'm grateful for Saturday night, in which the Blackhawks spared us from having to face Ryan Kesler in a seven game series.
Third, I'm grateful that these playoffs proved that paying attention to possession stats actually matters:
The Blackhawks (2nd) and Lightning (4th) were two of the top-4 Corsi teams in the NHL this season.— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) May 31, 2015
...Not that this is the Corsi Hockey League or anything. Fourth, I'm grateful for the ladies and gentlemen of PPP, who turned their past into wisdom and told everybody to settle down when the Hawks had a 4-1 lead going into the third (but nobody will tell me why!).
Fifth, I'm grateful that Corey Crawford is shaky, just as shaky as Ben Bishop, so the Bolts finally don't have to have their goaltender compared negatively to a young jedi, or a magical sparkly unicorn, or an unbreakable king.
Sixth, I'm grateful that Amalie Arena's tickets sold out long before the WCF was over, so that we don't have to answer questions about the arena policies for yet another round. (Resold tickets are not restricted to Florida addresses, but Bolts fans will have to explain that yes, Blackhawks fans can wear their jerseys in most of the arena.)
What are you grateful for today?
Maple Leafs have tough decision for June draft | Toronto Sun (warning)
2015 NHL Mock Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs First Round Pick | Editor in Leaf
Mike Babcock Plans An Act Of Piracy | Fansided
Deja Vu: Game 7 Review | Anaheim Calling
NHL Playoff Central, Stanley Cup Final: Schedule | Fox Sports
Kelowna and Oshawa meet in 97th MasterCard Memorial Cup Final | Memorial Cup website
Memorial Cup will be last hockey event at history-soaked Colisee | Globe and Mail
The NHL's All-Playoff Team Entering the 2015 Stanley Cup Final | Bleacher Report
...Made up of the guys who lost. Interesting choices.
Ex-NHL coach saw Jeff Blashill's potential years ago | Detroit Free Press