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Morning Bag Skate: Former Blackhawks defenseman Bill White dies at 77

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Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Bill White, who played 604 career regular season games in the National Hockey League, died Sunday. He was 77.

He scored 50 goals and 265 points during his time in the league.

Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger won the gold medal with Sweden’s win over Canada at the World Championship. Artemi Panarin had two assists in Russia’s bronze-medal victory against Finland.

In Hawks prospect news, Graham Knott had a monster game for the host Windsor Spitfires with two goals and an assist in a 7-1 victory over Seattle in the Memorial Cup. The Spitfires are off to a 2-0 start in the tournament, becoming the first host team to do so since 2007.

HAWKS

**Samuelsson top candidate to be Hawks’ assistant coach, per report (SCH)

**White played tight defense on the ice, kept team loose off it (Blackhawks.com)

**Kruger wins gold with Sweden at Worlds (SCH)

**Panarin wins Worlds bronze with Russia (SCH)

**2017 Memorial Cup: Schedule, times, results (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Ducks vs. Preds Game 6: 3 things to watch (The Tennessean)

**Rexrode: Preds embark on historic night (The Tennessean)

**Statistical analysis of hockey’s conference trophy superstition (On The Forecheck)

**Blues owner Stillman stands by GM Armstrong (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

**Oshie leads free agents about to cash in after strong playoffs (SBN)

**RECAP: Penguins strike early, rout Senators for 3-2 lead (Pensburgh)

**Rust provides needed jolt for Penguins in return (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Penguins’ Sheary hits a low point in disappointing postseason run (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Brennan: Penguins are back to being the Penguins, and Sens are in trouble (Ottawa Citizen)

**Shorthanded Ducks ready for do-or-die Game 6 (OC Register)

**Ducks’ special teams have struggled (OC Register)

**Rakell out, Gibson questionable for wounded Ducks in Game 6 (OC Register)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Sweden defeats Canada in the shootout to win Worlds (PHT)

**Maple Leafs’ Nylander named World Championship MVP (theScore)

**Memorial Cup: Spitfires showing why they never bought underdog label (Sportsnet)

**Knott: Getting better, better after 44-day break (Sportsnet)