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Morning Bag Skate: Rockford IceHogs advance to Western Conference Final

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

Brad Repplinger - Second City Hockey

The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history with a 6-3 win over the Manitoba Moose on Friday at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Alexander Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and assisted on another to help the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.


**RECAP: IceHogs sweep Moose, advance to Western Conference Final (SCH)

**Former Blackhawk of the Week: Jeremy Roenick (SCH)


**Preds’ Tolvanen heads to Worlds for Finland (theScore)


**Stanley Cup playoffs: Bracket, schedule, scores and more (SBN)

**ECF Game 1: Ovechkin, Capitals top Lightning (Japers’ Rink)

**Maple Leafs name Dubas new GM (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Report: Islanders, Lamoriello discussing position (theScore)

**Golden Knights’ Fleury meets with 4-legged fan Bark-Andre Furry (Las Vegas Review-Journal)


**OHL Final: Bulldogs take 3-2 series lead with win over Greyhounds (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Final: Dobson scores winner as Titan down Armada in Game 5 (Sportsnet)

**WHL Final: Silvertips double up Broncos to force Game 6 (Sportsnet)