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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks look to rebound against Penguins

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NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks look to bounce back from a horrific road trip to Florida when they visit the defending Stanley Cup champions Penguins on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

In CHL playoff action, John Dahlstrom scored a goal for Medicine Hat as the Tigers took a 3-0 series lead over reigning WHL champions Brandon Wheat Kings. Matthew Highmore also scored for Saint John, who took a 3-0 series lead over Oceanic.


**TvR or Kruger goes to Vegas in ESPN’s 1st expansion mock draft (SCH)

**Kero latest to try and fill Anisimov’s skates (CSN)

**Hawks more than a one-line team this season (The Athletic)

**Hawks sign prospect Iacopelli to 2-year contract (SCH)


**RECAP: Ovechkin’s hat trick propels Capitals past Wild (Hockey Wilderness)

**Wild brings Joel Eriksson Ek back to provide 'shot in the arm' (Star Tribune)

**RECAP: Bruins snap Predators’ four-game win streak (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Canadiens pad Atlantic lead with win over Stars (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Jets send Devils to fourth straight loss (

**Unlikely trio of Yakupov, Sanford, Barbashev is boosting Blues (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Blues sign prospect Walman, who forgoes senior year at Providence (SBNCH)


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

**RECAP: Senators fall behind in chase for Atlantic lead (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: Hurricanes end Red Wings’ 25-year playoff streak (Winging It In Motown)

**RECAP: Blue Jackets top Sabres, alone in second place (Jackets Cannon)

**RECAP: Maple Leafs hold on to 3rd in Atlantic with win over Panthers (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Matthews breaks Wendel’s rookie record (Pension Plan Puppets)

**RECAP: Oilers clinch playoff berth for first time since 2006 (Copper N Blue)

**RECAP: Ducks clinch playoff berth during win over Canucks (Anaheim Calling)

**RECAP: Sharks clinch playoff berth, beat Rangers in OT (Fear The Fin)

**An inside look at life of NHL photographer (Broad Street Hockey)

**UMass Lowell’s Gambardella signs with Oilers (SBNCH)


**USA Hockey, women’s players agree to contract to end wage dispute (SBN)

**OHL Playoffs: Petes edge IceDogs in OT to take 3-0 series lead (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: Steel, Pats beat Hitmen to take 3-0 series lead (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Titan beat Remparts to take 3-0 series lead (Sportsnet)