Rose traded to Knicks for Lopez,Calderon and Grant

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The Bulls announced today that the team has acquired center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon, and guard Jerian Grant from the New York Knicks in exchange for guard Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and Chicago’s second-round selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. Rose (6-3, 200) was a first-overall selection by the Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft. During his time in Chicago, he earned many accolades, including being named an NBA All Star three times in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and the league MVP in 2010-11 – a season in which he was also voted First Team All-NBA. Rose was the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year and was named to the 2008-09 All-Rookie First Team. He was also a McDonald’s All-American in 2007. “Knowing Derrick as I do makes this trade a hard one. Everyone knows him as the local kid who became MVP for his hometown team, but not everyone got to know him like I did. While he is a terrific basketball player, he is an even better person with a tremendous heart,” said Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “I wish him the best of health for the remainder of his career, and I want to personally thank him for everything that he did on the court and in the community during his time with the Chicago Bulls.” In 2015-16, Rose played in 66 games (66 starts) – his most since appearing in 81 games (81 starts) in his MVP year five seasons ago. Rose posted 16.4 ppg (third on the team), 3.4 rpg and 4.7 apg (second on the team) in 31.8 mpg (tied for second on the team) last season while shooting .427 from the field. He led the team in scoring 17 times, in rebounding once, and in assists 27 times. Rose averaged 19.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 6.2 apg in 35.0 mpg during his 406 total regular season games in a Bulls uniform (405 starts). He participated in five postseasons and posted 23.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 7.1 apg and 40.6 mpg through 41 playoff games (41 starts). Rose finished his career in Chicago ranked 10th on the Bulls’ all-time career leaders list for points (8,001), seventh in scoring average (19.7), ninth in 3-point field goals made (350), fifth in assists (2,516) and third in assists per game (6.2). “We will always be grateful to Derrick. He was a great teammate who put winning first, and nobody fought harder through injuries and disappointment. He wowed us all when he was on the floor and at his best. His MVP season was one for the ages. We wish Derrick nothing but the best moving forward,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. Holiday (6-6, 185) came to the Bulls last season in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks. Prior to 2015-16, he had also played for Philadelphia (2012-13) and Golden State (2014-15). He did not play in the NBA in 2013-14. Holiday made appearances in 53 games (5 starts) last season for the Bulls and Hawks, posting 4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.1 apg in 14.6 mpg. His career stats include 121 games played (9 starts) with averages of 4.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.0 apg. He has made the playoffs once in his career, with Golden State’s championship-winning squad in 2014-15. Holiday contributed 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.3 apg in 11.0 mpg through five of those postseason games (0 starts). “As we said at the end of last season, we are committed to exploring every option to improve this team,” said Forman. “This trade is a significant step in that process. Our goal is to get younger and more athletic, and this trade moves us in that direction and allows us to start changing the structure of our team. In Robin Lopez, we are acquiring a starting center who is a good defender, good rebounder, and brings a toughness to our team. Jose Calderon is a proven veteran who can run an offense and knock down threes. Jerian Grant was high on our draft board last year as someone with a great skill set and positional size. All three players are great teammates and have tremendous work ethic, and we are excited to welcome them to the Chicago Bulls organization.” Lopez (7-0, 255) is an eight-year veteran of the NBA who has played for Phoenix (2008-12), New Orleans (2012-13), Portland (2013-15) and the Knicks (2015-16). Last season with New York, he started all 82 games and posted 10.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.57 bpg and 1.4 apg in 27.1 mpg. He shot .539 from the field (ninth in the NBA) and .795 from the line. He also ranked second in the league in offensive rebounds (268) and ninth in blocks (129). Lopez owns career averages of 8.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.2 bpg. He has been in the playoffs three times – once with Phoenix (2010) and twice with Portland (2014, 2015) – and posted 8.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.2 bpg in 26.7 mpg through 22 games (22 starts). Calderon (6-3, 200) has played in the NBA for 11 years with stops at Toronto (2005-part of 2013), Detroit (part of 2012-13), Dallas (2013-14) and New York (2014-16). Through 72 games last season (72 starts), he posted 7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 4.2 apg in 28.1 mpg. The native Spaniard shot .459 from the field and .414 from beyond the arc (tied for ninth in the league). Over his career, Calderon has averaged 9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 6.5 apg. He has made appearances in 18 postseason games (8 starts) with Toronto (2007, 2008) and Dallas (2014), and posted 11.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 5.4 apg in 25.4 mpg through those contests. Grant (6-4, 198) was selected 19th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, with the pick originally owned by the Washington Wizards and subsequently traded to New York via Atlanta. In his rookie year, Grant played in 76 games (6 starts) and posted 5.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2.3 apg (eighth among rookies) in 16.6 mpg. His .780 field goal percentage ranked sixth among rookies. Grant is the nephew of Horace Grant, son of Harvey Grant and brother of Jerami Grant, who all played in the NBA. In his final year at Notre Dame in 2014-15, Grant earned NCAA First Team All-America honors from The Associated Press.

Kane wins Hart Trophy(MVP), Panarin Calder Trophy(Rookie of Year)

Blackhawks’ Kane Wins Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Right wing Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Kane received 121 first-place votes and appeared on each of the 150 ballots cast for 1,395 points. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, named on 145 ballots including 11 first-place tallies, finished second in voting with 800 points, followed by Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (637). Kane posted career highs in goals (46), assists (60) and points (106) to capture the Art Ross Trophy and power the Blackhawks to their eighth straight playoff appearance. The Buffalo, N.Y., native notched at least one point in 64 of his 82 contests (78.0%), highlighted by a 26-game streak Oct. 17 – Dec. 13 (16-24—40) – a franchise record, the longest by a U.S.-born player in NHL history and the longest by any player since 1992-93 (Mats Sundin: 30). Kane, who became the first U.S.-born player in League history to win the scoring title, is Chicago’s first Hart Trophy winner since 1967-68 (Stan Mikita).

2015-2016 Hart Trophy Voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th) 1. Patrick Kane, CHI 1395 (121-22-5-2-0) 2. Sidney Crosby, PIT 800 (11-64-31-24-15) 3. Jamie Benn, DAL 637 (8-34-40-34-17) 4. Braden Holtby, WSH 292 (5-13-19-13-17) 5. Joe Thornton, SJS 267 (0-8-19-31-23) 6. Alex Ovechkin, WSH 212 (2-6-18-13-21) 7. Jaromir Jagr, FLA 60 (1-1-5-4-6) 8. Anze Kopitar, LAK 53 (1-0-2-8-9) 9. Erik Karlsson, OTT 44 (0-1-4-2-11) 10. Ben Bishop, TBL 42 (1-1-1-4-8) 11. Drew Doughty, LAK 29 (0-0-2-5-4) 12. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL 13 (0-0-1-1-5) 13. John Tavares, NYI 10 (0-0-0-2-4) 14. Joe Pavelski, SJS 8 (0-0-0-2-2) 15. Roberto Luongo, FLA 8 (0-0-0-1-5) 16. Claude Giroux, PHI 6 (0-0-1-0-1) 17. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 5 (0-0-1-0-0) Cory Schneider, NJD 5 (0-0-1-0-0) 19. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH 4 (0-0-0-1-1) 20. Brent Burns, SJS 3 (0-0-0-1-0) Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 3 (0-0-0-1-0) Ryan Kesler, ANA 3 (0-0-0-1-0) 23. Kris Letang, PIT 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Hart Trophy Winners Since 1990

Year Winner Runner-up 2016 Patrick Kane, Chi. Sidney Crosby, Pit. 2015 Carey Price, Mtl. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. 2014 Sidney Crosby, Pit. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana. 2013 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Sidney Crosby, Pit. 2012 Evgeni Malkin, Pit. Steven Stamkos, T.B. 2011 Corey Perry, Ana. Daniel Sedin, Van. 2010 Henrik Sedin, Van. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. 2009 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Evgeni Malkin, Pit. 2008 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Evgeni Malkin, Pit. 2007 Sidney Crosby, Pit. Roberto Luongo, Van. 2006 Joe Thornton, S.J. Jaromir Jagr, NYR 2004 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Jarome Iginla, Cgy. 2003 Peter Forsberg, Col. Markus Naslund, Van. 2002 Jose Theodore, Mtl. Jarome Iginla, Cgy. 2001 Joe Sakic, Col. Mario Lemieux, Pit. 2000 Chris Pronger, St.L Jaromir Jagr, Pit. 1999 Jaromir Jagr, Pit. Alexei Yashin, Ott. 1998 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Jaromir Jagr, Pit. 1997 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Paul Kariya, Ana. 1996 Mario Lemieux, Pit. Mark Messier, NYR 1995 Eric Lindros, Phi. Jaromir Jagr, Pit. 1994 Sergei Fedorov, Det. Dominik Hasek, Buf. 1993 Mario Lemieux, Pit. Doug Gilmour, Tor. 1992 Mark Messier, NYR Patrick Roy, Mtl. 1991 Brett Hull, St.L Wayne Gretzky, L.A.

Blackhawks’ Panarin Wins Calder Trophy

Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Panarin received votes on all 150 ballots and was the top choice on 88 for 1,258 voting points, ahead of Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers (955) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (858). Panarin, who signed with the Blackhawks in May 2015, led all rookies in goals (30), assists (47), points (77), power-play goals (t-8), power-play points (24) and game-winning goals (7) while skating in 80 contests. He became the fourth rookie in franchise history to reach the 30-goal milestone and the first to do so since 1995-96 (Eric Daze). That included his first career hat trick Feb. 17 at NYR, the first by any Blackhawks rookie since 2002-03 (Tyler Arnason). Panarin is the first Blackhawks player to win the Calder Trophy since linemate Patrick Kane in 2008.

2015-2016 Calder Trophy Voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th) 1. Artemi Panarin, CHI 1258 (88-41-16-3-2) 2. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI 955 (33-53-42-12-8) 3. Connor McDavid, EDM 858 (25-45-48-15-8) 4. Jack Eichel, BUF 449 (2-9-25-72-25) 5. Dylan Larkin, DET 170 (1-0-8-23-51) 6. Max Domi, ARI 92 (0-2-2-12-32) 7. John Gibson, ANA 62 (0-0-5-9-10) 8. Colton Parayko, STL 52 (1-0-4-4-10) 9. Sam Reinhart, BUF 2 (0-0-0-0-2) 10. Anthony Duclair, ARI 1 (0-0-0-0-1) Jaccob Slavin, CAR 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Calder Trophy Winners Since 1990

Year Winner Runner-up 2016 Artemi Panarin, Chi. S. Gostisbehere, Phi. 2015 Aaron Ekblad, Fla. Mark Stone, Ott. 2014 Nathan MacKinnon, Col. Ondrej Palat, T.B. 2013 Jonathan Huberdeau, Fla. B. Gallagher, Mtl. 2012 Gabriel Landeskog, Col. R. Nugent-Hopkins, Edm. 2011 Jeff Skinner, Car. Logan Couture, S.J. 2010 Tyler Myers, Buf. Jimmy Howard, Det. 2009 Steve Mason, CBJ Bobby Ryan, Ana 2008 Patrick Kane, Chi. N. Backstrom, Wsh 2007 Evgeni Malkin, Pit. Paul Stastny, Col. 2006 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Sidney Crosby, Pit. 2004 Andrew Raycroft, Bos. Michael Ryder, Mtl. 2003 Barret Jackman, St.L Henrik Zetterberg, Det. 2002 Dany Heatley, Atl. Ilya Kovalchuk, Atl. 2001 Evgeni Nabokov, S.J. Brad Richards, T.B. 2000 Scott Gomez, N.J. Brad Stuart, S.J. 1999 Chris Drury, Col. Marian Hossa, Ott. 1998 Sergei Samsonov, Bos. Mattias Ohlund, Van. 1997 Bryan Berard, NYI Jarome Iginla, Cgy. 1996 Daniel Alfredsson, Ott. Eric Daze, Chi. 1995 Peter Forsberg, Que. Jim Carey, Wsh. 1994 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Jason Arnott, Edm. 1993 Teemu Selanne, Wpg. Joe Juneau, Bos. 1992 Pavel Bure, Van. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. 1991 Ed Belfour, Chi. Sergei Fedorov, Det. 1990 Sergei Makarov, Cgy. Mike Modano, Min.


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Former Bear Bryan Robinson dies at age 41. Blocked Longwell FG in Green Bay to save win in 1999.

Bryan Robinson, retired 14-year NFL veteran, found dead at age 41 –

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Former NFL defensive lineman Bryan Robinson was found dead in Milwaukee on Saturday night. The body of the 41-year-old was discovered in a hotel room just after 10 p.m.Although Robinson died at a relatively young age, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that there was no immediate signs of anything being suspicious about the death.Robinson played for five teams over 14 seasons during his impressive NFL career.The former Fresno State Bulldog went undrafted out of college and ended up signing with the Rams in 1997. After only one year in St. Louis, Robinson signed with the Bears, where he made his name as a hard-nosed defensive lineman.

“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Bryan Robinson,” the Bears said in a statement. “He will be remembered for the determination and work ethic he displayed on the field over his six years in Chicago. The Bears and our fans will always be indebted to him for his game-saving blocked field goal in Green Bay six days after Walter Payton’s passing. Our prayers are with Bryan and his family.”

The blocked field goal against the Packers came in 1999 and was the highlight of an emotional week for the Bears.Robinson’s improbable block gave the Bears a wild win at Lambeau Field. With just seven seconds left in the game and the Bears clinging to a 14-13 lead, Green Bay’s Ryan Longwell came on the field for a 28-yard field goal attempt that should’ve been an easy chip shot, but wasn’t, thanks to Robinson.Robinson got his hand on the ball to make the block and preserve the win.

“I think Walter Payton actually picked me up a little bit and boosted me up in the air because I can’t jump that high,” Robinson said after the game, via the Chicago Tribune. “Walter had a lot to do with it. I know he did.”

Former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was one of many players who took to Twitter to show respect for Robinson.After six seasons with the Bears, Robinson signed with Cincinnati in 2005, where he helped the Bengals end their 15-year playoff drought. Robinson spent three seasons with the Bengals before signing with the Cardinals in 2008.The veteran defensive lineman ended up starting 15 games for the Cardinals in 2008, the year they made their improbable run to Super Bowl XLIII.

25 Years since Bulls first NBA Title!!

25 years ago Sunday, the Bulls won their first ever NBA Title with a win over the Lakers at the Great Western Forum. Here are the Bulls starters JOHN PAXSON,BILL CARTWRIGHT,MICHAEL JORDAN,SCOTTIE PIPPEN, and HORACE GRANT preparing for the “We’re Going To Disneyland” commercial.  Oh, and who the hell is that behind Scottie and Horace!!!(LOL).

Bulls get no luck this time in NBA lottery, they get the 14th(and last of lottery teams)pick.

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The Bulls were in the lottery, but they got the worst pick(14th)of all teams that missed the Playoffs.  Also, since the Sacramento Kings were in the top 10(8th), the Bulls do not get their pick this year.

Philadelphia 76ers

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Bears trade up(with Tampa Bay)and draft Leonard Floyd of Georgia

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The Bears on Thursday night traded up two spots in the first round of the NFL Draft to select Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick.The 6-6, 244-pounder appeared in 38 games with 32 starts over three seasons for the Bulldogs, recording 184 tackles, 28.5 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks.

“We said all along we wanted to improve the athleticism and speed on our defense and we’ve definitely done that with Leonard Floyd,” said general manager Ryan Pace.

“This guy lines up all over the field for Georgia. We see him as an outside linebacker on our defense. He brings great athleticism for a guy that tall with that kind of length. He brings some juice to our defense that we need and will definitely help our pass rush.”

The Bears dealt the 11th overall pick and one of their two fourth-round selections (106th overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the No. 9 choice.

“We were concerned he would go a couple of picks ahead of us,” Pace said. “This is a guy we identified, a guy we wanted, so we didn’t sit on our hands. The luxury of having extra picks gives us the ammunition to do those things.There was a consensus on this player; all the scouts, all the coaches all had this guy graded very similar. For me, that kind of makes it an easier decision. In addition to that, it fills a major need on our defense. We were excited about it and wanted to be aggressive and ensure we get the guy that we wanted.”

It’s been 20 years since the Bears last traded up in the first round, jumping five spots to select cornerback Walt Harris at No. 13 in 1996.Floyd played one year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia before enrolling at Georgia in 2013. After starting eight of 13 games as a freshman, he was voted the Bulldogs’ defensive MVP as a sophomore in 2014 when he registered 55 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss and six sacks. Last season Floyd led Georgia in sacks for the third straight year with 4.5 and tied for the team lead with 10.5 tackles-for-loss.

“When you watch the film on him he’s not just rushing from the outside linebacker position, he’s floating in the middle of the defense and shooting through an interior gap with great burst,” Pace said. “I don’t think you can have enough pass rushers in today’s game; if you look at the playoffs this past year it really showed that. You need to load up on pass rushers and that’s what we’re doing.”

Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.Bears selected Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick.Pace revealed that coach John Fox was strongly in favor of selecting Floyd.

“He’s been pounding the table to add these kind of guys for a while,” Pace said. “We talk during the season [and Fox says], ‘Hey, Ryan, we’ve got to get off the field on third down.’ We needed guys to help us in that area and this is the type of player that can help that, add a major pass rush threat to our defense.”

At 6-6 and 244 pounds, Floyd has a lanky frame that lacks bulk. Asked if the Bears’ first-round pick needs to add weight and strength, Pace said: “John says that we can make a guy stronger and get him bigger, but we can’t get him faster and more athletic.

“He’s definitely fast and athletic. He’s got such great length that guys don’t get into his body. When you see him playing the run on the edge of the defense, he uses his hands really well and he plays with such great separation that it’s hard for guys to get into him. I think that helps him a lot even though he’s a little thinner framed.”

Pace feels that Floyd’s ideal playing weight is “probably in the 240s.”

“The last thing you want to do is bulk this guy up and then you’re taking away what he does best,” Pace said. “You see some guys put on too much weight too fast and they look stiff and they lose some of that twitch that makes them a special player.We’ve got to do it the right way. I’ve got a lot of confidence in our strength and conditioning coaches, our sports science director Jenn Gibson, to get Leonard at an optimal playing weight to maximize his talent.”

Brouwer goal in third period hands Blackhawks 3-2 loss and early Summer Vacation

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ST. LOUIS—The St. Louis Blues acquired Troy Brouwer for moments like this, dealing fan favorite T.J. Oshie to Washington for some badly needed veteran presence.The 30-year-old forward showed plenty of poise when his first shot clanked off the post midway through the third period. The second effort off the backhand produced the goal that put a long-frustrated franchise over the top against the defending Stanley Cup champions.Brouwer described the go-ahead score in the third period of a 3-2 Game 7 victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night as ”the ugliest goal I’ve ever scored and probably the timeliest goal I’ve ever scored.”

”I just tried to stay with it, knowing the magnitude of the game, knowing how everything’s been going,” Brouwer added.

Brouwer played for the Blackhawks’ Cup winner in 2010 and this was his seventh career Game 7. The goal at 8:31 was his first in 24 postseason games since 2013 and was the difference in a tense series that was either tied or a one-goal game 91 percent of the time, according to Hawks just missed a chance to tie it when Brent Seabrook‘s shot went off both posts with about 3:30 left. Coach Joel Quenneville came close to challenging the play.

”We had a sniff there,” Quenneville said. ”We didn’t get the positive feedback from the headset. It was close.”

It is the first time the Blues advanced past the first round since 2012, when they beat San Jose in five games but then lost four straight to Los Angeles. St. Louis plays Dallas in the next round.

”We’re still not where we want to be,” Brouwer said. ”We want to be playing in a month and a half still.”

Jori Lehtera scored his first career playoff goal and rookie defenseman Colton Parayko also scored for the Blues, who avoided another inglorious finish. They led 2-0 early, their second two-goal cushion in two games, before the Blackhawks tied it in the second period.Marian Hossa scored his third goal of the series and Andrew Shaw got his fourth on a power play for the Blackhawks. Patrick Kane was dangerous all night but was scoreless, and was minus-3.

”It just doesn’t really feel right,” Kane said. ”Pretty quick right after to put everything right after into words. Obviously, not the outcome we were looking for.”

The Blackhawks have won three of the last five Cups – but when they don’t win it all, the postseason can be a short one, with three first-round eliminations the last six seasons.

”You get the feeling that it’ll be one of those things again and we feel from the get-go we’ve got the team to do it again,” Jonathan Toews said. ”Not much you can say right now. It was close the whole way.”

Brouwer scored from close range off a feed from Robby Fabbri. The first shot went off the right post and he nudged the second past Corey Crawford.St. Louis was coached by Quenneville the last time it played in a Game 7, a loss at Vancouver in 2003. The Game 7 win was the franchise’s first since 1999.

”To coach it, to play in it, to strategize in it, it was a lot of fun,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. ”I don’t know if it’s a milestone. It’s a hump.”

The Blues outscored the Blackhawks 7-3 in the first period in the series, but the Blackhawks owned the second period with an 11-3 advantage. That included the first three of five unanswered goals in Game 6 on Saturday.Blues standout Vladimir Tarasenko was no factor after entering among the playoff leaders with four goals. He went to the locker room for about 2 1/2 minutes midway through the second for undisclosed reasons and his ice time was down at 14 minutes and 31 seconds – second-fewest on the Blues’ top three lines – just as it has been earlier in the series.Game 7 drew a standing-room attendance of 19,935 and the arena had seldom been louder than after Parayko’s drive from the point made it 2-0 at 13:43 of the first period. Lehtera’s deflection on Jay Bouwmeester‘s point shot gave St. Louis an early cushion just a minute in.The Blackhawks had a 7-0 shots advantage the rest of the period and Hossa’s third of the series, a drive from the top of the right circle on the counter-attack, cut the deficit to one at 18:30.The Hawks made it 14 shots in a row at the start of the second period, including the tying goal by Shaw from a bad angle off the leg of Bouwmeester crouching in the crease and past Brian Elliott.

NOTES—Blackhawks D Duncan Keith had by far the most ice time at 33 minutes, 34 seconds. Blues D Alex Pietrangelo played 29:36. …The Blackhawks made no lineup changes. The Blues re-inserted rookie D Joel Edmundson after sitting two games in place of Robert Bortuzzo. … The 37-year-old Hossa has 149 career playoff points, including 52 goals.

Hawks force 7th game with 6-3 win over Blues

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Artem Anisimov, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Dale Weise scored during a dominant second period, and the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Saturday night to send their first-round playoff series to Game 7.Andrew Shaw added a third-period goal in his return from a one-game suspension for using a gay slur during the 4-3 loss in Game 4. Andrew Ladd had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks improved to 15-1 in their last 16 Game 6s in the playoffs.The Blackhawks trailed 3-1 in the series, but stayed alive with a 4-3 double-overtime victory in St. Louis on Thursday. Then, the defending Stanley Cup champions trailed 3-1 after one period in Game 6, but found a way again.Game 7 is Monday night.Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Scottie Upshall scored for St. Louis, which lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. Brian Elliott made 30 saves.Trailing 3-1 after one and facing the possible end of their title defense, the Blackhawks roared back with perhaps their best period of the season.With St. Louis center Kyle Brodziak in the box for hooking, Anisimov got the Hawks within one when he poked home a rebound opportunity for his third goal of the series. That seemed to spark the Blackhawks, and Elliott made a couple of nice stops on Richard Panik and Marian Hossa to keep the Blues in front.But the Blackhawks only turned up the pressure from there.Panik left the puck for a streaking Jonathan Toews, and the captain slid it over to van Reimsdyk for the tying goal at 12:21. Spurred on by a raucous crowd of 22,260, which stood and applauded for a whole TV timeout at one point, the Hawks went ahead to stay when Artemi Panarin passed from behind the net to Weise for a one-timer at 16:18.It was Weise’s first goal since he was acquired in a trade with Montreal on Feb. 26. It also was his sixth career playoff score, including a pair of overtime winners during his time with the Canadiens.Shaw’s third goal of the series, a power-play tally off a slick pass from Patrick Kane, made it 5-3 at 16:53 of the third, and Hossa added an empty-netter.It was a memorable night for Shaw, who made an emotional apology the day after his embarrassing display in Game 4. While sitting in the penalty box Tuesday night, the forward directed a gay slur toward the ice, and the NHL responded with a one-game suspension and a $5,000 fine.Fresh off Kane’s dazzling overtime winner on Thursday night, the Blackhawks got off to a fast start. Ladd jumped on a turnover by Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and beat Elliott on the glove side at 3:47 of the first.Weise then set up Andrew Desjardins for an open net, but his shot was wide and St. Louis responded with three goals in a span of 4:42.Desjardins’ miss turned into Upshall’s first goal of the series. Pietrangelo sent a big rising drive past a screened Corey Crawford on the stick side at 8:51, and Tarasenko made it 3-1 with another screeching wrist shot, stunning the sellout crowd with his fourth of the playoffs. NOTES—Hossa also had an assist in his 200th career playoff appearance. … Toews finished with two assists. He has yet to score in the series.

Kane’s goal in second OT extends series to game 6 Saturday

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ST. LOUIS—Patrick Kane scored on a backhander early in the second overtime and the Blackhawks avoided first-round elimination with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues early Friday.The game winner was the first goal in the series by the defending Stanley Cup winners’ stars, Kane and Jonathan Toews. Both assisted on Artemi Panarin‘s goal in the final second of the second period for a 3-1 lead.Kane, who led the NHL in scoring with 106 points, circled the net to corral his own shot that slowly slid wide, and poked it past Brian Elliott at 3:07 to send a most of the standing-room crowd of 19,956 home unhappy.David Backes, who got the winning goal in the Blues’ 1-0 overtime victory in Game 1, tied it on a deflection that slipped past Corey Crawford with 5:10 to play. Rookie Robby Fabbri and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis.Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Hawks, which takes the series back home for Game 6 on Saturday. Every game in the series has been decided by a single goal.The Blackhawks won despite being outshot 46-35, and helped road teams improve to 19-15 in these playoffs.The Blackhawks have won three of the last six Cups, but also are trying to avoid first-round elimination for the third time in six seasons.Kane and Toews have combined for one goal and eight assists in the series. They were paired on the top line for Game 5 and both assisted Panarin’s seemingly back-breaking goal with 0.4 seconds left in the second period for a 3-1 cushion.The Blues are trying to end a string of three consecutive first-round playoff exits. In 2014 they had a 2-0 lead on the Hawks, and then lost four straight.The Blackhawks stayed alive without Andrew Shaw, suspended for one game for making a homophobic slur at the end of Game 4.The teams combined for 11 game misconduct penalties at the finish of the Blues’ 4-3 win in Game 4 on Tuesday. There were no penalties in the first period of Game 5.

NOTES—Fabbri was among the rookie leaders with 18 goals during the regular season. … Blues D Carl Gunarrsson returned after missing game with an injury. Rookie Joel Edmundson sat after playing the first four games. … The Blackhawks inserted David Rundblad in place of Michal Rozsival, who was minus-3. Fs Brandon Mashinter and Dale Weise also played with Tomas Fleishmann out….Game six Saturday starts at 7pm.