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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks win 5th straight, clinch playoff spot

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

Colorado Avalanche v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks scored five goals in the third period, including three in 34 seconds, to rally for a 6-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday at United Center.

The Blackhawks (47-20-5) became the first Western Conference team to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Calgary defeated Los Angeles. Chicago leads Minnesota by seven points for first place in the Central Division and conference.


**RECAP: Hawks 3 goals in 34 seconds to rally past Avs (SCH)

**Hawks clinch 9th straight playoff spot (SCH)

**Schmaltz’s face-off quandary: ‘He’s got to get better at it’ (Chicago Sun Times)


**RECAP: Jets hold off Wild, who drop fifth straight (Hockey Wilderness)

**Blues credit Yeo with keeping them fresh (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


**Every 2017 NHL college free agent signing in one place (SBN)

**RECAP: Flyers rally, defeat Hurricanes in OT (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: Canadiens defeat Senators again (

**RECAP: Gaudreau, Monahan boost Flames over Kings (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**RECAP: Blue Jackets top Devils to clinch playoff spot (Jackets Cannon)

**RECAP: Crosby scores hat trick as Penguins shut out Panthers (Pensburgh)

**Flames sign goalie OHL prospect Parsons to entry-level deal (OHL)

**Sharks recall prized prospect Meier (Fear The Fin)


**Clarkson shuts out Wisconsin for NCAA women’s title (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**2017 NCAA men’s hockey bracket (SBNCH)

**NCAA men’s hockey tournament: Game times, television schedule (SBNCH)

**WHL Sunday night roundup (WHL)

**OHL Sunday night roundup (OHL)