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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks treating Game 4 as must win

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The Blackhawks are treating Game 4 like it's a must win as they look to eliminate the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.

Seven down, nine to go for the Hawks.

Here's the latest news:


**With 3-0 lead, Blackhawks focus only on task at hand in Game 4 vs. Wild (Sun-Times)

**Bryan Bickell's parents: 'You're the one who made it' (Tribune)

**What is sewer ball and how does it prepare the Hawks for games (Tribune)

**Good timing: Blackhawks' complete game returning (CSN Chicago)

**Lack of game break fatal flaw for Wild (Hockey Wilderness)

Central Division

**Nashville Predators, Mike Fisher closing in on extension (Tennessean)

**Predators re-sign Marek Mazanec to one-year, two-way contract (On The Forecheck)

**Blues say there's no need for rash deals (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Free agent goaltender Jhonas Enroth on possible return to Stars (Dallas Morning News)


**Tyler Johnson's buzzer beater gives Lightning 3-0 series lead (Raw Charge)

**Andre Burakovsky scores twice as Capitals take 3-1 series lead (Japers' Rink)

**Flames' Bob Hartley, Predators' Peter Laviolette, Rangers' Alain Vigneault named Jack Adams finalists (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**CapGeek replacement? General Fanager has some promise (General Fanager)

**New Oilers GM Chiarelli interviews Todd McLellan (Edmonton Sun)

**Watch: Dickson Liong, a Canucks hockey writer, who deals with cerebral palsy (Canucks TV)

**Ilya Kovalchuk still coy about return to NHL (ESPN)

**Islanders John Persson signs in Sweden (Lighthouse Hockey)

Hockey world

**Canada fights back to beat Sweden at Worlds (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Mario Lemieux's son drafted into USHL (Post-Gazette)

**Columbus Blue Jackets', Portland Winter Hawks Oliver Bjorkstrand named WHL Player of the Year (Oregonian)

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