Rob Longley, Toronto Sun

Hockey, football, Olympic Games and more. Rob Longley’s columns focus on the hot-button issues of the teams and sports he covers. From the Stanley Cup final, to Super Bowls and five trips to the Olympics, Longley gets around. The Etobicoke native also writes his You Bet column during football season, analyzing the ins and outs of sports wagering. An avid golfer in his spare time, Longley’s work appears regularly in the Toronto Sun and Sun Media newspapers and websites.


Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane clutch again on NHL's biggest stage

For Patrick Kane, it wasn’t the Stanley Cup winning goal this time, though it may as well have been. The fact is, there might not have been a clincher in the decisive game if it weren’t for the clutch Chicago Blackhawks superstar.

Ducks defenceman Simon Despres (24) celebrates with teammates Ryan Getzlaf (15) and Cam Fowler (4) after scoring the eventual game-winning goal against the Blackhawks during second period action in Game 3 of the Western Conference final in Chicago on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

Ducks grind down Blackhawks, take 2-1 series lead

At home, the Anaheim Ducks proved they were capable of putting on a show in the opening two games of the Western Conference final, which they did in highly entertaining fashion.

Mike Babcock at the press conference announcing he is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Thursday May 21, 2015. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Leafs will have to man up for Babcock

Mike Babcock said the right things for public consumption, about how it isn’t fair for him to evaluate from afar the underachieving players he just inherited.

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save against Anaheim Ducks right winger Corey Perry during the second period at the Honda Center on Feb. 5, 2014. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

Ducks-Hawks has makings of classic seven-game series

As has been the billing for the past handful of post-seasons, the fear for powerhouses from the Western Conference has been the toll it takes just to make the Stanley Cup final, never mind winning it all.