Monday Night Game 7, Jim Sings in Indy, USA Fails to Medal, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Happy Memorial Day, folks! It’s supposed to be a beautiful holiday, so make sure you get some time outside around the barbeque with friends and family. And, if you know someone who has served or is serving, thank them. Today is about those we have lost, but let’s not lose an opportunity to say thank you while we can.

•   Monday night gives us a Game 7! The New York Rangers will visit the Carolina Hurricanes, who haven’t lost on home ice in these playoffs. The puck drops shortly after 7 PM CT on ESPN. Can the Rangers end the Canes’ home win streak, or will Carolina stay hot at home and move on to face the two-time defending champs in the Eastern Conference Final?

•   You may have heard a familiar voice before the checkered flag came down in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon. Jim Cornelison was on the mic to perform “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the Indy 500. I was thrilled that Jim was willing to write a powerful foreword for my book, Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline, about what it’s like to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the United Center. It’s safe to say he nailed it, as always!

•   Jason Spezza called it a career on Sunday, and immediately moves from the ice to the front office in Toronto. The No. 2 overall pick way back in the 2001 NHL Draft — which took place more than two years before this year’s presumed top pick, Shane Wright, was born — finishes his career with 995 regular-season points in 1,248 games. No other player from the 2001 draft class had more than 900 points. Former Blackhawk Patrick Sharp (620 points) is ranked sixth from that draft despite being the 95th overall pick by the Flyers.

•   The United States came up short in the bronze medal game at the World Championship in Finland on Sunday. The fourth-place finish was earned with four healthy defensemen for the medal game. Now Seth Jones and Sam Lafferty can move on to their offseasons.

•   Finland won the tournament on their home ice, and had one heck of a celebration in their dressing room.

•   Two of the game’s all-time greats marveled at the performance of Connor McDavid in these playoffs. McDavid, Duncan Keith and the Edmonton Oilers will play Game One of the Western Conference Final in Denver against the Avalanche on Tuesday night.

•   Finally, on this Memorial Day I’m personally thinking about a high school swim teammate of mine who paid the ultimate price while serving overseas. God bless you, Gunnar.

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Tab Bamford has been writing about the Chicago Blackhawks for almost two decades. He joined Bleacher Nation as the lead Blackhawks writer in May 2022. Tab is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and is the author of two books about the Blackhawks: "100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" (Triumph Books) and "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter/X/Instagram/Threads at @The1Tab

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