He never took a shift off. ESPN hockey commentator Gary Thorne was every bit as entertaining and energetic during the 92nd minute of the May 12 double-overtime thriller between the Blues and the Red Wings as he was at the opening face-off. Was it superhuman stamina or did Thorne have his tongue Zambonied between periods? He'll be back at the mike this week for the conference finals.... Future Scrabble masters compete Thursday in the National Spelling Bee ( ESPN, 1 p.m.). Hey, at that time of day, shouldn't they be in school?