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Joel Quenneville's Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby

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05:57 AM ET 04.19 | Joel Quenneville will step off the Blackhawks' team charter Saturday night and meet his fellow Midnight Hawk owners for dinner. The coach hopes to celebrate two victories -- a road triumph by his Blackhawks over the Blues in Game 2 of their playoff series, and a win by Midnight Hawk in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday afternoon. "Like Joel said, 'There'd be nothing like that Daily Double,' " co-owner Mike Tice said. The 3-year-old is the morning-line favorite among eight horses in the Grade III, $500,000 Derby, which spans 1-1/8 miles. Tice, who befriended Quenneville as a Bears assistant from 2010 to '12, is part of the ownership group that also includes Hawks assistant Mike Kitchen and Kentucky Derby-winning breeder Mike Pegram.

Chicago Sun Times

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Tuukka Rask takes blame for Bruins' Game 1 loss

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06:54 AM ET 04.19 | Tuukka Rask was making no excuses. In a game that was well played on both sides -- just with very, very few real scoring chances -- Rask blamed himself for the one puck that found the back of a net. It was shot by Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk with 3:01 left in Game 1 of the Bruins-Red Wings first-rounder, a wrister from beyond the top of the left circle that gave the Wings a 1-0 victory and took away the B's home-ice advantage. "It went through me," said Rask. "So I think I should have it." The deciding goal came seconds after Milan Lucic's deflection of a Jarome Iginla pass nearly skittered in off the legs of Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. Seconds later, Datsyuk carried the puck into the Bruins zone and, well covered by constant shadow Patrice Bergeron, let go a long shot that would normally be a routine save by Vezina Trophy favorite Rask. Not this time. Rask had a hard time picking up the in-coming puck and it beat him low on the glove side.

Boston Herald

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Islanders face draft pick dilemma

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06:42 AM ET 04.19 | The New York Islanders might take themselves out of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. With one piece of the Thomas Vanek trade left to deliver to the Buffalo Sabres -- a first-round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015 -- general manager Garth Snow is mulling giving up next year's selection, according to Newsday. The Isles currently own the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft but have until June 1 to decide whether to keep it or defer to 2015. Newsday reports that all signs point to Snow keeping this year's pick.

Toronto Sun

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No return timetable for Lightning MVP

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07:57 AM ET 04.18 | If Lightning fans are looking for a playoff hero, they might do well to avoid looking to Ben Bishop. The MVP of this season was seen at the Forum on Thursday with his left arm mummy wrapped in bandage. Bishop carried an elbow brace. Before Lightning practice, Bishop took the ice in pads and even stopped and caught a few pucks softly tossed his way. ... Lightning coach Jon Cooper said don't expect to see Bishop anytime soon. "But I don't know what 'soon' is," Cooper said. Thanks. Maybe this doesn't make Anders Lindback, Bishop's replacement, a fish in a barrel. Tough spot, though. ... No, Anders Lindback didn't lose the game. But he didn't win it, either. He might have to do that once or twice if the Lightning are to take this series. I'm not at all sure he can.

The Tampa Tribune

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Most important matchup in Wings-B's

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07:57 AM ET 04.18 | It may be a cliche, but, in the playoffs, speed kills. [To open the Red Wings-Bruins series,] the greatest weapon Detroit Red Wings will have against the Boston Bruins defense is fleet-footed youngster Gustav Nyquist. His counter will be B's captain and chief minute-muncher Zdeno Chara. And, well, we all know how well that worked out last time. Despite the fact that Nyquist only has 18 playoff games under his belt, the Swedish winger owns the hottest stick in the NHL. ... [Perhaps] stingy backchecking from Patrice Bergeron or smashmouth corner play by Milan Lucic could keep Nyquist on a leash. Either way, the Bruins need something to supplement the 1-on-1 with Chara because, if there's one Red Wing who can turn Chara's stick into a 65-inch feather duster, it's Gustav Nyquist.

The Boston Globe

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