Morning Bag Skate: Patrick Kane has 5 points, Blackhawks rout Senators

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

Patrick Kane scored a goal and assisted on four others for his first career five-point game to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 8-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday in Ottawa.

Chicago hosts Central Division rival Minnesota in the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday at United Center. Minnesota fell 3-2 in overtime to Calgary at home Tuesday.

The Hawks’ game is one of two on the night, with the Senators back in action in Toronto.


**RECAP: Kane gets 5 points, Hawks defeat Senators (SCH)

**Kane sets career-high with 5 points vs. Senators (SCH)

**Franson surprisingly clears waivers, Gustafsson recalled from AHL (SCH)

**Look: IceHogs to wear Rockford Peaches-inspired special uniforms (SCH)

**Midseason report: Good, bad, everything in between (SCH)

**Schmaltz in middle of Hawks’ 2nd-line success (Chicago Tribune)

**Hinostroza more a force than a fan in his 2nd season (Chicago Sun Times)


**RECAP: Ehlers, Connor help Jets send Sabres to 5th straight loss (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**RECAP: Panthers push past Allen, Blues (St. Louis GameTime)

**RECAP: Hamilton lifts Flames past Wild in OT (Hockey Wilderness)

**RECAP: Preds send Oilers to 7th loss in 8 games (On The Forecheck)

**Preds ink Weber, Irwin, Bitetto to extensions (On The Forecheck)

**Preds get high marks for successful first half (The Tennessean)

**Avs to get a boost from Vladislav Kamenev (Mile High Hockey)

**Roundtable: A midseason pause for Avs - Part 1 (Mile High Hockey)


**Every NHL team’s 2017-18 season bye week in one list (SBN)

**RECAP: Capitals defeat Canucks for 5th straight win (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Johnson hat trick launches Lightning to win against Hurricanes (Raw Charge)

**Islanders could return to renovated Nassau Coliseum (Newsday)

**Maple Leafs haven’t made a habit of blowing third period leads this season (The Athletic)


**What if: Predicting Team Russia’s roster if NHLers were playing in the Olympics (The Athletic)