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Morning Bag Skate: Former Blackhawk Michal Kempny, Capitals advance to Stanley Cup Final

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny and the Washington Capitals shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night to win Game 7 and earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Capitals will play the expansion Golden Knights for the NHL’s biggest prize starting Monday at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.

The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, are on the brink of elimination down 0-3 and will host Game 4 against the Texas Stars in the AHL’s Western Conference Final on Thursday at BMO Harris Bank Center.

BLACKHAWKS

**How will IceHogs react to 3-0 series deficit? (Rockford Register Star)

**Raddysh finally gets his NHL deal (The Athletic)

**A final, official farewell to Hawks legend Marian Hossa (SCH)

**IceHogs vs. Stars schedule (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Avs’ Francouz named KHL Goalie of the Year (Mile High Hockey)

NHL

**Stanley Cup Final schedule (SBN)

**Capitals end D.C.’s 20-year final drought in Major 4 sports (SBN)

**Capitals fans unleash the joy: ‘I want to high-five everyone in here right now’ (The Washington Post)

**Schmidt providing to be worth gamble for Vegas (Knights On Ice)

**Tragedy to triumph: How a team like the Knights can help save a city (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Golden Knights favored over Capitals in Stanley Cup Final (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Golden Knights’ style brings success home or away (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**NHL to meet next month to discuss possible Seattle expansion (Sonics Rising)

**Rangers hire BU’s Quinn as next head coach (Blueshirt Banter)

**Evander Kane, Sharks close to 7-year deal (Fear The Fin)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Henry scores hat trick as Pats eliminate Broncos from Memorial Cup (Sportsnet)