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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks must win Game 5 vs. Blues to stay alive

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks must win Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday at Scottrade Center to stay alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Blues hold a 3-1 series in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

HAWKS

**Recap: IceHogs drop Game 1 to Lake Erie (IceHogs)

**Shaw suspended for Game 5 by NHL for using homophobic slur (SCH)

**Shaw apologizes, says he has 'no excuses' for using homophobic slur (SCH)

**Hine: Shaw's slur sheds light on homophobia in sports (Chicago Tribune)

**Hawks facing long odds as they aim to rally from 3-1 deficit (Sun Times)

**Look: Leighton, young fan named AHL's Photo of the Year (SCH)

**Watch: Crawford stars in Turtle Wax advertisement (SCH)

**Hawks vs. Blues first round schedule (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Recap: Stars push Wild to brink with Game 4 win (DBD)

**Jets season review: Ehlers (AIH)

NHL

**Recap: Neuvirth helps Flyers avoid elimination in Game 4 (JR)

**Flyers' Laughton carted off with injury (BSH)

**Recap: Panthers top Islanders in Game 4 to tie series 2-2 (LH)

**Recap: Sharks hold off Kings in Game 4, take 3-1 series lead (FTF)

**Penguins' Letang won't have hearing for slash to Stalberg's face (BB)

**Canucks sign BC's Thatcher Demko to entry-level contract (SBNCH)

**Ducks sign UND's Keaton Thompson (SBNCH)

HOCKEY WORLD

**World U18s quarterfinals set (SBNCH)

**Picking an AHL team name for Arizona (FFH)

**OHL Playoffs: Tkachuk's hat trick lifts London to Game 1 win over Erie in WCF (OHL)