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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks now 3 points back of first in Central Division

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

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The St. Louis Blues outlasted the Dallas Stars for a 5-4 win in overtime for two points to move into a first place tie in the Central Division. The Chicago Blackhawks were idle Saturday and are now three points back in third place.

HAWKS

**Hawks have easiest remaining schedule in Central race (SCH)

**Struggling penalty kill is killing the Hawks lately (Sun Times)

**Teravainen looks at home at center (CSNC)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Recap: Blues top Stars in Central showdown (STLGT)

**Recap: Granlund scores twice, Wild top Habs (HW)

**Recap: Avs blow another third period lead, fall to Jets (MHH)

**Recap: Canucks end Preds' point streak at 14 (OTF)

NHL

**Malkin out 6-8 weeks (Pensburgh)

**Recap: Sharks keep Capitals from clinching (FTF)

**Recap: Pastrnak, Eriksson lead Bruins past Islanders (SCoC)

**Recap: Eichel wins it with 1 second left in OT (DBTB)

**Recap: Red Wings rally, top Rangers in OT (WIIM)

**Recap: Sens shut out Maple Leafs (Silver Seven)

**Recap: Panthers end Flyers' win streak (LBC)

**Recap: Coyotes, Smith blank Oilers (FFH)

**Recap: Moore OT goal lifts Devils past Kings (AATJ)

HOCKEY WORLD

**NCHC: Hawks' prospect Schmaltz scores four points, UND sweeps Colorado College (USCHO)

**NCHC: St. Cloud St. sweeps Western Michigan (SBNCH)

**Minnesota wins third straight Big Ten title (TDG)

**Big Ten: Connor scores twice, Michigan routs Penn St. (MnB)

**Hockey East: Coughlin's three points lead Vermont past BC (USCHO)

**NCHC: Staub's goal in second OT lifts Denver to sweep of Omaha (USCHO)