Good morning and happy Friday. Congratulations to Brian Boyle and Chris Kreider. They will be advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals as the New York Rangers edged Montreal 1-0 last night to close out their series in six games. Boyle and Kreider both played key roles in New York's series victory, and you could make the argument that Kreider's return from injury really sparked a Rangers team that struggled to put away the Flyers in the first round, then needed a comeback from 3-1 down to beat Pittsburgh in round two.
As for Brian Gionta,
his quest for a Stanley Cup continues, with time starting to wind down for him a bit. (Edit; I'm dumb. Gionta won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the Devils. But I'm sure he'd like another one.) While he is Montreal's captain and as such is probably likely to be retained, his pending UFA status makes me hopeful that he'll close out his career somewhere else.
Gionta is 35. Yes, he's the captain of hockey's most storied franchise. But as he packs his bags for the summer, he must live with the fact that he did not score in the team's final 16 games during a Stanley Cup run that came to a screeching halt Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. This much is certain: Gionta earned $5 million this past season. If the Habs want to keep him, it has to be for less cash than that.
In the other playoff series, the Blackhawks hope to push the LA Kings to a game 7 tonight. If the Blackhawks do manage to make the Cup finals it will guarantee another Eagle on the Cup, as Ben Smith has become a major contributor for Chicago.
Ben Smith's tying goal for the Chicago Blackhawks early in the third period gave them the chance to beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in double overtime.
Boston College posted their requisite bow-down to the ACC's "new brand". (I didn't bother reading any of these articles. It's just a new logo, right? But we have to call it a "new brand," because corporate-speak? Just checking.)
On Tuesday, May 27, more than 100 former players, including 13 captains and former head coaches Joe Yukica and Jack Bicknell, were on hand at the Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale, Mass., for the annual Boston College football alumni golf outing.
Despite the loss of 2,000-yard rusher Andre Williams, Boston College is still committed to the run game. The Eagles won't replace Williams with one player. A committee will work, led by sophomore Myles Willis, a versatile back coming off a 346-yard freshman season...
A return to a bowl game is a realistic expectation, but the Eagles aren't likely to pose much of a threat to the top teams in the ACC Atlantic Division.