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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks close out homestand against Sharks

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NHL: San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks will wrap up their five-game homestand Friday night against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center.

In the Olympics, the medal round is now set in the men’s tournament. Germany and ex-Blackhawk Christian Ehroff stunned Canada to advance to the gold-medal game against the Olympic Athletes from Russia, who defeated the Czech Republic and ex-Hawk Jiri Sekac. Canada (Rene Bourque, Andrew Ebbett, Rob Klinkhammer) will face the Czech Republic for bronze. Both medal games will be Saturday.


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**DeBrincat quickly realized he was better at shooting pucks than stopping them (Chicago Tribune)

**Tracking every Hawks trade rumor leading up to the deadline (SCH)


**RECAP: Wild rally past Devils with 2nd-period outburst (Hockey Wilderness)

**LGBTQ Wild fans are upset about team’s inclusion night (Outsports)

**RECAP: Rinne gets 300th NHL win, Predators top Sharks (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: McDavid lifts Oilers past Avs in OT (Mile High Hockey)

**’RECAP: Lehtonen makes 18 saves, Stars shut out Kings (Defending Big D)

**Grabner trade helps set market for Avs’ Comeau (Mile High Hockey)

**Reinforcements expected for Preds’ stretch run, including Olympic standout Eeli Tolvanen (The Athletic)


**Tracking every trade rumor heading into the deadline (SBN)

**Tracking every completed trade before the trade deadline (SBN)

**RECAP: Maple Leafs rally for shootout win over Islanders (Pension Plan Puppets)

**RECAP: Mrazek makes 19 saves to win Flyers debut against Blue Jackets (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: Niemi, Canadiens hold on against Rangers (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**RECAP: Lightning hold off Senators, extend Atlantic lead (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Sabres top Red Wings in OT on Scandella goal with 0.2 seconds left (Die By The Blade)

**RECAP: Panthers defeat Capitals on late Trocheck goal (Litter Box Cats)

**RECAP: Gaudreau scores 3 points in Flames win against Coyotes (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Habs’ Weber to have surgery, miss rest of season (Habs Eyes On The Prize)


**First heartbreak, now hope: Chicago Cougars’ Matt Olson’s inspiring story of perseverance (The Athletic)

**Germany stuns Canada to reach its 1st Olympic gold medal game (SBN)

**14 moments that defined the U.S. women’s gold-medal shootout win over Canada (SBN)

**Jocelyne Lamoureux’s triple move game-winner for Team USA was jaw-dropping (SBN)

**Top 10 finalists named for Patty Kazmaier Trophy (SBNCH)

**OHL Roundup: IceDogs beat Spirit, end losing streak at 10 games (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Roundup: Berube with 37 saves, Olympiques point streak now at 9 (Sportsnet)