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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks clinch seventh consecutive playoff berth

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Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the world of hockey.

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The Chicago Blackhawks clinched their seventh consecutive playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at the United Center. The win also marked their third straight victory. Five days ago, the Hawks were in a wild-card spot and now instead of fighting to get into the playoffs they will be chasing the Nashville Predators for the Central Division title.

Here's the latest news:

**Blackhawks sign Michigan Tech forward Tanner Kero to 2-year deal (SCH)

**Andrew Desjardins making his case for an everyday role (Sun-Times)

**Teuvo Teravainen showing new confidence on Blackhawks' fourth line (CSN Chicago)

**New York Rangers clinch Metropolitan Division with 3-2 win over Minnesota (BB)

**Alex Ovechkin becomes Washington Capitals all-time goal scorer in 5-4 win over Montreal Canadiens (NHL)

**St. Louis Blues clinch playoff spot with 4-1 win over Calgary Flames (STLGT)

**Jaden Schwartz scores a jump shot goal (STLGT)

**Three finalists for Hobey Baker Award named (SBN College Hockey)

**Kyle Dubas, Leafs taking a baseball approach to expanding their minor-league system (Kyle Cicerella)

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