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Morning Bag Skate: Quarterfinals begin at 2016 World Championships

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks will be represented by six players in the quarterfinal round of the World Championships, which begin Thursday.

Pittsburgh took a 2-1 series lead with a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday. San Jose and St. Louis play Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday.

HAWKS

**6 Hawks advance to 2016 Worlds quarterfinals (SCH)

**Toews takes page out of Arrieta's book with new Pilates routine (SCH)

**Hawks need to move quickly with Panarin (SCH)

**SCH 30 Days of Fandom: Jersey you want the most (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Stars sign OHL London defenseman Martenet (PHT)

**Preds to part ways with Gaustad, Nystrom (PHT)

**Preds working on Forsberg's contract extension (theScore)

**Wild sign Hungarian FA goalie Adam Vay to ELC (theScore)

NHL

**RECAP: Kessel leads Pens over Lightning for 2-1 series lead (Pensburgh)

**Islanders' Halak to undergo sports hernia surgery (LH)

**Habs sign Martin Reway to three-year contract (EOTP)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Goalie Packy Munson transfers from Vermont to Denver (SBNCH)

**Niagara's Madsen tabbed to lead NAHL's Minnesota Wilderness (SBNCH)