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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks prepare to face streaking Bruins today

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

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With the best record in the Western Conference secured following their win over Columbus on Friday and Nashville's 3-0 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, the Blackhawks are looking to beat out the Capitals for the best record in the NHL. With only a few games remaining in the regular season to do so, the Hawks will start by taking the red-hot Bruins today, winners of four straight games.

Hawks

**Blackhawks secure Central Division crown, best record in Western Conference (SCH)

**Kane named NHL's third star for the month of March (Blackhawk Up)

**Hartman, rookies holding their own alongside Blackhawks' veterans (CSN)

**IceDogs beat Stars on Friday as McNeill returns and Iacopelli netted first pro goal (SCH)

Central Division

**RECAP: Rinne shuts out Wild as Predators pick up needed points in playoff push (OTF)

**RECAP: Leafs, Frederik Andersen outlast Red Wings 5-4 (PPP)

**Former Colorado first-overall pick Nathan MacKinnon will retire to pursue acting (MHH)

**RECAP: Senators slide in standings, Ceci injured in 4-2 loss to Jets (NHL.com)

**RECAP: Stars shutout playoff hopeful Hurricanes (DBD)

**Blues recall Petteri Lindbohm and Kenny Agostino from AHL due to injuries (STLGT)

NHL

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

**RECAP: Rask, Bergeron lead Bruins past Panthers 5-2, gain ground in Atlantic (NHL.com)

**RECAP: Flyers defeat Devils 3-0 despite Neuvirth collapsing during first period (BSH)

**Philadelphia signed senior Union forward Mike Vecchione (SBNCH)

**Retiring Devils forward Patrik Elias was something special (AATJ)

**RECAP: Playoff bound Canadiens take Lightning to overtime in 2-1 victory (HOTP)

**RECAP: McDavid and electric Oilers stave off Ducks 3-2 in overtime game (C&B)

**The Oilers penalty kill is killing penalties again (C&B)

**NHL players (and Brian Campbell) recall bad things hecklers have said to them (ESPN)

Hockey World

**US beats Canada 2-0 in women's hockey world championship on Friday (Yahoo)

**Five players to watch during the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship (TIG)

**OHL Playoffs: 67's avoid elimination against Steelheads (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: Warriors edge Broncos to force Game 7 (Sportsnet)