Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks lose first game to Sabres in 8 years

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

Long live the streak. After 12 games during the span of eight years, the Chicago Blackhawks have finally lost a game to the Buffalo Sabres, Patrick Kane’s hometown team. Chicago fought back into the game in the second period but were overwhelmed in the third period when the Sabres had a three-goal outburst en route to a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Arena.

Chicago will play host to the Blues at 6:30 p.m. today on NBCSN, kicking off the first contest of a three-game homestand.


**RECAP: Blackhawks fall 5-3, lose first game to Sabres since 2010 (SCH)

**Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews made history Saturday as a duo (Committed Indians)

**Ranking the Blackhawks’ top 25 prospects (The Athletic)

**The pros and cons of reuniting Kane and Toews on the top line (NBC Sports Chicago)

**Rivalry renewed: Steady diet of Blues-Blackhawks on tap (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Column: It’s stunning to see how fast the Blackhawks have fallen (The Buffalo News)


**Previewing tonight’s marquee Stars-Jets matchup (

**RECAP: Blues triumph over Rangers in OT, come closer to wild-card slot (

**Tarasenko leaves game in first period with upper body injury (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Column: Believing in the Blues is hard work (St. Louis Game Time)

**RECAP: Devan Dubnyk leads Wild to 3-1 victory over Coyotes (Hockey Wilderness)

**Who has been the Stars’ MVP? (Defending Big D)

**Why Hitchcock says Stars’ challenges in the playoff race are ‘fun’ (DMN)

**How the Western Conference will be won (Pred Lines)

**Jets’ defenseman Kulikov out at least 8 weeks with back injury (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Avalanche need home win against Red Wings (Mile High Sticking)


**RECAP: Carolina falters again in third period, loses to surging Flyers (Canes Country)

**The statistics the Hurricanes have been producing tell a sad story (The Hockey Writers)

**Hurricanes, owner Tom Dundon suspend search for new GM (PHT)

**RECAP: Leafs dominate Canadiens in 4-0 win that extends home winning streak to 12 (PPP)

**Canadiens honor Tomas Plekanec by wearing turtlenecks (Puck Daddy)

**Toronto winger James van Riemsdyk is well suited to get paid (The Hockey News)

**RECAP: Oilers win ninth straight game against Panthers in 4-2 fashion (Edmonton Journal)

**RECAP: Devils pad wild-card lead with win over Kings (AATJ)

**Which trade deadline acquisition has made the biggest impact so far? (PHT)

**Top ten candidates for the Hart Trophy (The Hockey News)


**Boston College’s Daryl Watts becomes first freshman to win Patty Kazmaier Award (BC Interruption)

**RECAP: Notre Dame works OT for first Big 10 tournament title (ND Insider)

**RECAP: Denver’s defense stifles St. Cloud State to win Frozen Faceoff (SBNCH)

**RECAP: Air Force tops Robert Morris to win ACH title (The Gazette)

**North Dakota wins NCHC consolation game (SBNCH)

**With win of ECAC title, Princeton was built for this (College Hockey News)

**OHL Roundup: Ben Jones leads IceDogs in win over Steelheads (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Roundup: Balmas’ hat trick leads Titan in win over Mooseheads (Sportsnet)

** WHL Roundup: Burzan leads Wheat Kings in shootout win over Warriors (Sportsnet)

**What’s next for the Russian women's Olympics team? (The Ice Garden)