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Morning Bag Skate: Capitals oust Penguins, advance to Eastern Conference Final

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

Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Six Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win in Game 6 on Monday over the Pittsburgh Penguins to advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time in 20 years.

Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for the Nashville Predators in a 4-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 6 on Monday. Predators and Jets will play a decisive Game 7 on Thursday in Nashville.

The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, who hold a 2-0 series lead will host Game 3 against the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

BLACKHAWKS

**RECAP: Kane tallies 3 points in Team USA’s win over Germany (SCH)

**Shalunov still eyeing future with Hawks (The Athletic)

**IceHogs vs. Manitoba Moose schedule (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Game 6: Rinne, Preds shut out Jets to force Game 7 (On The Forecheck)

**Predators sign Czech free agent Filip Pyrochta (On The Forecheck)

NHL

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

**Game 6: Kuznetsov, Caps top Penguins in OT, advance to ECF (Japers’ Rink)

**Ovechkin, Caps exorcise decades of D.C. demons (The Washington Post)

**Caps’ win puts a dagger in the D.C. sports ‘curse’ (The Washington Post)

**Marchand, Canadiens exchange Twitter jabs over licking (Sportsnet)

**Red Wings sign 2013 draft pick Pope of UNO to ELC (Winging It In Motown)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Nugent-Hopkins scores 2 as Canada beats Denmark at Worlds (Sportsnet)