Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks sweep Stars, extend division lead

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

Corey Crawford tied his season high with 42 saves, and Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin scored in a shootout for the Chicago Blackhawks to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday at United Center

Chicago extended its Central Division and Western Conference lead to eight points over second-place Minnesota, who fell to Philadelphia on Thursday.


**RECAP: Panarin, Crawford lead Hawks to season sweep of Stars (SCH)

**Belfour reflects on fulfilling ‘childhood dream’ of playing for Hawks (CSN)

**Hawks sign Kero to 2-year extension (SCH)

**Hawks prospect guide to NCAA tournament, CHL playoffs (SCH)

**SCH guide to Hawks slang, nicknames, jargon (SCH)


**RECAP: Wild fall to Flyers, fail to clinch playoff spot (Hockey Wilderness)

**Wild prospect Kunin leaves Wisconsin, turns pro (Hockey Wilderness)

**RECAP: Paajarvi scores twice as Blues eliminate Canucks from playoff race (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**RECAP: Preds gain on Flames in playoff race (On The Forecheck)

**Arvidsson breaks jumbotron with errant pass (SBN)

**RECAP: Oilers score 5 third-period goals to rally past Avs (Mile High Hockey)

**RECAP: Kings beat Jets, keep pace in Western wild-card race (

**Stars’ Janmark won’t play this season (PHT)


**IIHF asks NHL for Olympic decision by May 1 (TSN)

**NHL to make ‘special announcement’ next week in China (PHT)

**Every 2017 NHL college free agent signing in one place (SBN)

**RECAP: Kucherov’s hat trick powers Lightning past Bruins (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Capitals beat Blue Jackets in shootout, maintain Metro lead (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Leafs top Devils, tighten grip on 3rd in Atlantic (Pension Plan Puppets)

**RECAP: Hurricanes move within five points of wild card (Canes Country)

**RECAP: Senators top Penguins in shootout, close in on Atlantic lead (Silver Seven)

**Watch: Crosby slashes Sens’ Methot in hand, nearly severs finger (SBN)

**Senators’ Methot out “weeks” with finger injury (Silver Seven)

**RECAP: Marchessault scores twice in Panthers win over Coyotes (Miami Herald)

**Islanders lose Strome to broken wrist (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Sabres’ Ristolainen suspended 3 games for hit on Penguins’ Guentzel (Die By The Blade)

**Hurricanes sign Finnish prospect Kuokkanen (Canes Country)

**Bowling Green goalie Nell leaves school, signs with Rangers (Blueshirt Banter)

**Leafs’ Polak gets 2-game suspension for boarding Blue Jackets’ Bjorkstrand (Pension Plan Puppets)


**Devils’ Hall unlikely to play for Canada at World Championship (theScore)

**Home ice proves valuable as OHL Playoffs get underway (OHL)

**2017 NCAA men’s hockey bracket (SBNCH)

**NCAA men’s hockey tournament: Game times, television schedule (SBNCH)