Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks’ Artemi Panarin shines for Russia at World Championship

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

Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin tallied four assists in Russia’s 6-3 win over Germany at World Championship. Panarin now leads the tournament with 9 points (three points, six assists) in three games.

In Hawks prospect news, Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist for Erie in its Game 3 loss in the Ontario Hockey League’s Championship Series. The Otters now hold a 2-1 series lead.

Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel will play Game 3 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s President Cup Final for Saint John on Tuesday. Highmore has scored three points (1G, 2A) and Noel has a goal for the Sea Dogs, who hold a 2-0 series lead.


**Hawks need to address organizational goalie depth this offseason (SCH)

**Schmaltz leaves U.S. game vs. Sweden at Worlds after late hit (SCH)

**Carcillo staying busy by helping out former players, future ones (CSN)

**Ex-Hawk Bickell taking things slow while battling MS (Chicago Tribune)

**2017 World Championship preview: Hawks edition (SCH)


**Preds sign Swedish centers Ejdsell, Petterssen (On The Forecheck)

**Stars re-sign Dowling (PHT)

**Avs’ MacKinnon has 2 goals in Canada’s rout of Belarus at Worlds (Denver Post)

**Parise on Wild's season, Olympic decision (Puck Daddy)

**Frei: Kroenke’s support for Avs GM Sakic was unmistakable, with subtle kickers (Denver Post)


**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**RECAP: Capitals rout Penguins to force Game 7 (Japers’ Rink)

**Report: John Tavares underwent hand surgery after regular season (PHT)

**Leafs’ Gauthier will require surgery, up to 6 months recovery (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Former Canadiens owner John David Molson dies at 88 (PHT)

**Oilers prospect Lagesson heading to Sweden (PHT)


**Gaudreau scores twice, Howard stands tall as U.S. beats Sweden (PHT)

**OHL: McLeod clinches Game 3 win for Steelheads (Sportsnet)

**Michigan’s female players support their team with cash, brooms (New York Times)