Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks fall to Blues in home finale

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

The Chicago Blackhawks fell 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues in their season home finale Friday at the United Center in Chicago.

Patrik Berglund had a hat trick, Jaden Schwartz scored and Carter Hutton made 19 saves for the Blues, who snapped a four-game losing streak. St. Louis plays today at Colorado to decide who gets into the playoffs.

Chicago will travel to Winnipeg to play the Jets today in their season finale. Blackhawks prospect Dennis Gilbert and Notre Dame will play Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA national championship game today in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


**Sharp retiring at season’s end (SCH)

**How to watch Blackhawks prospect Dennis Gilbert, Notre Dame in 2018 NCAA championship game on TV, online (SCH)

**Hawks honor Hall of Famer Stan Mikita with ‘One More Shift’ (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Duclair on collision with Marchand: ‘I thought it was pretty dirty’ (The Athletic)

**Is this the end for the Blackhawks original ‘core’ players? (SCH)

**Prospect Dennis Gilbert, Notre Dame to play for 2018 NCAA championship (SCH)

**Celebrate Blackhawks legend Scott Foster with this T-shirt (SCH)


**RECAP: Ducks defeat Stars, retake 3rd in Pacific (Defending Big D)

**Nashville Mayor Briley foots bill for ‘Catfish Briley’ (The Tennessean)

**Preds win Presidents’ Trophy, what now? (The Tennessean)

**A Game 7 before the playoffs? Everything on the line for Avalanche, Blues (The Denver Post)

**After escaping the pit of misery, Avalanche’s playoff hunt rejuvenates weary hockey town (The Denver Post)


**RECAP: Pens shut out Sens, clinch home-ice advantage (Pensburgh)

**RECAP: Lightning build Atlantic lead with win against Sabres (Raw Charge)

**Lightning’s Kucherov reaches 100-point mark (Raw Charge)

**Report: Coyotes sign Raanta to 3-year extension (AZSports)

**Senators’ Chabot to play for Canada at Worlds (theScore)

**Report: Sabres’ Mittelstadt to play for Team USA at Worlds (theScore)

**Hockey world mourns death of ‘Butterfly Boy’ Jonathan Pitre (theScore)


**Gaudette wins Hobey Baker Award (theScore)

**OHL Playoffs: Greyhounds beat Attack in Game 2 to even series (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Aquin scores in overtime, Islanders beat Mooseheads (Sportsnet)