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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville upset by assistant Mike Kitchen’s firing

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Chicago Blackhawks fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen on Monday. The decision reportedly sit well with coach Joel Quenneville.

In Hawks prospect news, Alex DeBrincat scored a goal for the Erie Otters in a 6-3 loss to Owen Sound in Game 3 of the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference Final on Monday. Owen Sound has taken a 2-1 series lead after dropping the series opener. Game 4 is Wednesday at Owen Sound.

Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel (Saint John) will play Game 3 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s semifinals Tuesday at Chicoutimi in Game 2. The series is tied 1-1.


**Bowman is right to exert his power over Hawks’ hockey operations (SCH)

**Quenneville ‘upset and surprised’ by Hawks’ firing of Kitchen (SCH)

**Hawks fire assistant coach Mike Kitchen (SCH)

**Stanley Cup window remains open for Hawks (The Athletic)

**Hawks team awards for 2016-17 season (SCH)

**Anisimov will not play for Russia at Worlds (SCH)

**What’s on the Hawks’ salary cap books for 2017-18? (SCH)

**Seabrook undaunted: ‘I’ve got a lot of hockey left in me’ (Chicago Sun Times)

**Bowman talks tough, but how will he act? (The Athletic)


**Round 2 schedule: Blues vs. Preds (On The Forecheck)

**Armstrong takes a look at Blues' turnaround (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Ortiz: Hutton’s insight on Preds may help (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Fletcher should not pay the price for Wild’s first-round exit (Hockey Wilderness)

**Stars season grades: Dan Hamhuis (Defending Big D)

**Stars season grades: Brett Ritchie (Defending Big D)


**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**Anderson, Cogliano, Ryan named 2017 Masterton nominees (SBN)

**Penguins ‘hopeful’ for Hagelin (Pensburgh)

**Round 2 schedule: Capitals vs. Penguins (Japers’ Rink)

**Round 2 schedule: Senators vs. Rangers (Silver Seven)

**Sharks’ Thornton played with torn ACL, MCL (Fear The Fin)

**DeBoer doesn’t get a pass for the Sharks first-round loss (Fear The Fin)

**Cassidy ‘absolutely’ wants to return as Bruins’ head coach (CBS Boston)

**Isles bring back Seidenberg — one year, $1.25 million (Lighthouse Hockey)


**Pending free agents Radulov, Zaitsev won’t play for Russia at Worlds (PHT)

**Longtime assistant Pearson named new Michigan coach (Maize N Brew)

**Niagara hires USHL Dubuque’s Jason Lammers (SBNCH)

**OHL Playoffs: Steelheads take 3-0 series lead with 2OT win over Petes (Sportsnet)