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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks squander 3-goal lead in OT loss to Avalanche

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks blew a three-goal lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday at Pepsi Center. Chicago returns to action Thursday in Anaheim.

In CHL playoffs action, Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott had an assist in Windsor’s 3-2 Game 7 loss to rival London. Knott’s season isn’t over though as the Spitfires will host the Memorial Cup starting May 19 when they take on the QMJHL champions. London advances to take on Alex DeBrincat and the Erie Otters for the third straight year.

HAWKS

**SCH is looking for an assistant editor (SCH)

**RECAP: Hawks blow lead, fall to Avs in OT (SCH)

**What team would be the better first-round matchup for Hawks? (SCH)

**Quenneville balancing rest, staying sharp in final week (Chicago Sun Times)

**Quenneville says he’ll try to help Panarin reach all his bonuses (SCH)

**Rockford Report: William Pelletier makes an impact (SCH)

**Hawks prospect Maxim Shalunov’s future still undecided (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Wild defeat ‘Canes, clinch home-ice in first round (Hockey Wilderness)

**Wild pay tribute to North Stars in warm-ups (Yahoo)

**RECAP: Blues give up ground in Central with loss to Jets (St. Louis GameTime)

**RECAP: Preds move with a point of 3rd in OT loss to Isles (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Honka wins it in OT for Stars against Coyotes (Defending Big D)

NHL

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

**Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL (Chicago Sun Times)

**NHL will ‘stop’ owners from letting players go to 2018 Olympics (SCH)

**RECAP: Bruins defeat Lightning to clinch playoff berth (NHL.com)

**RECAP: Kinkaid, Devils shut out Flyers (All About The Jersey)

**RECAP: Penguins increase lead on Blue Jackets in Metro (Pensburgh)

**RECAP: Capitals defeat Maple Leafs, keep them from clinching (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Anderson, Senators shut out Red Wings, tie for 2nd in Atlantic (Silver Seven)

**RECAP: Ducks increase lead in Pacific with win over Flames (NHL.com)

**Watch: Flames’ Giordano takes out Ducks’ Fowler in knee-on-knee hit (Yahoo)

**RECAP: Oilers lose ground in Pacific race with loss to Kings (NHL.com)

**RECAP: Sharks lock up top-3 finish with win over Canucks (Fear The Fin)

**Rowe won’t be coaching the Panthers next season (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Remembering when Chicago had D-1 hockey (College Hockey News)

**’Beer Grandma,’ a crowd favorite at UND hockey games, dies at 90 (Grand Forks Herald)

**Will Butcher's Hobey candidacy and the shortcomings of college stats (Yahoo)

**OHL Playoffs: Frontenacs, Knights win final first-round series (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: Vandervlis buries Rebels to help Hurricanes advance (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Fournier scores twice as Screaming Eagles advance (Sportsnet)