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Morning Bag Skate: The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions

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

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

With the Washington Capitals winning the 2018 Stanley Cup, the hockey season has officially come to a close. Game 5 ended in a 4-3 win for the Caps, and gave Alex Ovechkin his first Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup in his hall-of-fame career. Here is the news from around the league:

BLACKHAWKS

**We’ll be back again soon (SCH)

**Andreas Martinsen signs a one year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks (SCH)

**What does Michael Kempny’s run with Washington say about the Hawks? (SCH)

**What will Corey Crawford’s status be in 2018-2019? (SCH)

**The Chicago Blackhawks love CM Punk (NHL.com/Blackhawks)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Options at forward for the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Draft (MileHighHockey)

**Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators plays “Head’s Up” (NHL.com/Preds)

NHL

**Caps and their captain clinch first championship (Japers’ Rink)

**Alex Ovechkin’s career timeline (NHL)

**SB Nation’s 2018 NHL mock draft (SBN)

**How the Capitals beat history, and everyone else (SBN)

**NHL Fan’s Choice Awards Ballot (NHL)

**Why hockey players don’t use “I” (ESPN)

**Way too early power rankings for the 2018-2019 season (ESPN)

**Who stays, and who goes in Vegas? (TheHockeyNews)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Texas Stars win Game 4, Calder Cup Finals now tied 2-2 (AHL.com)

**Patrick Kane named USA Hockey’s “Male Athlete of the Month” (SCH)

**Fuzzy history of the playoff beard (TheHockeyWriters)

**McKenna gets another shot at the Calder Cup (TheHockeyWriters)