The Last Three Ties in Stanley Cup Finals History

If Boston wins at home tonight, the Stanley Cup Finals will head back to Canada for a deciding Game 7. If Vancouver wins, the Canucks will clinch their first Stanley Cup in three tries. But what if the teams tie?

It’s highly unlikely that tonight’s game will end in a draw. After all, Rule 84.5 of the NHL rulebook dictates that when a Stanley Cup Playoff game is tied at the end of regulation, the teams will play 20-minute overtime periods, and the team scoring the first goal will be declared the winner. But since 1927, there have been three ties in Stanley Cup Finals history, and all three have involved the Bruins.

In 1927, the Bruins and Ottawa Senators played to a 0-0 tie in Game 1 of what was supposed to be a best-of-three series. NHL President Frank Calder decided that the ice at the Boston Garden was unplayable after two 10-minute overtime periods and called the game. Calder ruled that subsequent games would use the same two-overtime format and that if the series wasn’t decided after five games, the Bruins and Senators would share the title. Ottawa won Game 2. The teams tied Game 3.

As Seabury Lawrence wrote in The New York Times before Ottawa’s 3-1 win to clinch the series (2-0-2) in Game 4, “These deadlocks have resulted in so many ifs, ands and buts being inserted into the situation that it will probably go down in history as the hypothetical hockey series.”

There wasn’t another tie in the Stanley Cup Finals until 1988, when the power went out at the Boston Garden with the Bruins and Oilers tied 3-3 in the second period of Game 4. The game was suspended and replayed in its entirety two nights later in Edmonton, where the Oilers won 6-3 to complete a four-game sweep. “The Americans will call it 4-A,” Edmonton star Wayne Gretzky said of the relocated game. “We’ll call it 4, eh?”

Note: We failed to mention the tie in Game 4 of the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals. That year, the series was called off due to an influenza outbreak. Thanks, Jeff!

Simone Biles Just Became the Most Decorated Female Gymnast in History

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Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0 br

Simone Biles became a household name when she won four gold medals in gymnastics at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Three years later, she has proven that she's still among the best in the sport's history. At the 2019 Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Biles won her 21st world champ medal—making her the most decorated female gymnast of all time, The New York Times reports.

The U.S. women's team competed at the event in order to retain their title of best in the world. Biles racked up the highest individual scores with her vault, balance beam, and floor routines, helping the U.S. earn an overall score of 172.330 points. The team bested Russia, the second-place team, by 5.801 points and won their seventh consecutive gold at a world competition or Olympics.

Biles was previously tied with Svetlana Khorkina for most world championship medals held by a female gymnast. She now holds the record for the women's sport, and is just two medals shy of male gymnast Vitaly Scherbo's record of 23.

At 22, Simone Biles has already made a historic impact on the sport. In 2013, she had a difficult new floor exercise move named after her—a double layout with a 180-degree turn at the end.

[h/t The New York Times]

Ski.com Wants to Pay You $2000 to Go on an Epic Ski Vacation

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The northern Rockies have already been hit with a massive snowstorm, and that means ski season is almost upon us. This year, Ski.com is planning to make dreams come true for not one, not two, but 12 lucky skiers.

Travel + Leisure reports that the ski vacation booking service will send two people to each of six top ski destinations, where they’ll ski their snow-loving little hearts out and document their adventures on social media. The trips are all-expenses-paid and then some; not only will skiers fly United Airlines and receive VIP resort experiences for free, they’ll also be given gear from Stio, Black Crows, Giro, and GoPro—plus a $2000 paycheck.

To apply, you have to choose one of the six destinations—Aspen Snowmass, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Big Sky, Montana; Banff and Lake Louise, Canada; Chamonix, France; or Niseko, Japan—and create a 90-second video explaining why you’re the best person for the gig. If you’re thinking this is the perfect opportunity to try skiing for the first time ever, you might want to scope out a few bunny slopes on your own and apply for Ski.com’s Epic Dream Job next year: The listing asks that applicants be “able to ski and/or snowboard at an advanced intermediate level.”

Dan Sherman, Ski.com’s chief marketing officer, told Travel + Leisure that the decision to add 11 more winners was partly because “a very passionate community formed online in support of the [nearly 1200] applicants” last year. And, since two people will be sent to each location, you can even apply with a friend.

If you’re interested, submit your video here before October 29, and check out these ways to train off the slopes while you wait for the winners to be announced on November 19.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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