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The Night in Professional Championship Series

Last night in Chicago, the Blackhawks ran Michael Leighton (again) in a 7–4 win over the Flyers that puts them one win away from their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. (We imagine Leighton will be hearing "Chelsea Dagger" in his dreams for quite some time.) Big Dustin Byfuglien, who'd gone goal-less through the first four games of the series, scored twice (including the empty-netter that sealed the game) and added a pair of assists. Meanwhile, in the NBA Finals, Rajon Rondo's triple-double — his fifth of these playoffs — was overshadowed by Ray Allen, who hit a Finals-record eight threes, including seven in the first half. That series, now tied at one game apiece, resumes tomorrow night in Boston. The common thread between these games: The losing teams (and fans of those teams) are none too happy with the officiating today.

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