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Murf's Mote: Blackhawks’ playoff run continues

Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch this weekend:


Pro hockey: NHL playoffs, Western Conference semifinals, Game 2, Detroit at Blackhawks, noon, today, NBC

Yes, the Bulls’ playoff ended, but it’s time for some early playoff hockey, so you can get on with the rest of your day.

As Shaw Media’s Tom Musick pointed in Friday’s paper, killing the power play has been critical.

The Hawks are 20 for 20 on the penalty kill during the postseason heading into Saturday’s Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. That included 17 consecutive penalty kills against the Minnesota in Round 1 and a 3-for-3 mark so far against Detroit.

Horse racing: NTRA, Preakness Stakes, at Baltimore, 3:30 p.m. today, NBC

Can the Orb keep the possibility of Triple Crown winner alive? The Derby winner has tough field against him, especially coming out of the No. 1 slot.


Pro basketball: NBA playoffs, Western Conference finals, Game 1, Memphis at San Antonio, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, ABC

Memphis has already eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Can the Grizzlies continue the trend and find a way to win on the road against the other Big Three (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli)?

“We figured with the personnel that we have right now, we really have to lock down defensively,” Memphis center Marc Gasol, the Defensive Player of the Year, said. “Sometimes offense comes and goes. You might be able to score a lot of points or not, but if you’re always solid defensively and hold a team to less than 100 points, you’re going to have a better chance to win the game.”


Women’s college lacrosse : NCAA Division I quarterfinals, Penn State at Northwestern, 7 p.m., Sunday, BTN

If you’ve never seen college lacrosse, here’s your chance to catch a near-by program that knows how to get it done. How successful is Northwestern? Seven NCAA Division I national championships in the past eight years. Northwestern men’s basketball could use that same success.


Men’s college lacrosse: NCAA Division I playoffs, quarterfinal, Ohio State vs. Cornell, at College Park, Md., 11:30 a.m., today, ESPN2

St. Charles North graduate Dominic Imbordino looks to advance with the Buckeyes. Ohio State is on a seven-game winning streak and coming off a 16-6 win Sunday over Towson in Ohio Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Championship. 

College baseball: Michigan at Nebraska, noon, Sunday, BTN

St. Charles North graduate Zach Hirsch looks to get the Huskers a high seed in the Big Ten Tournament next week. The Huskers entered the series in a three-way tie with Ohio State and Minnesota for second place in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines are tied with Illinois for fifth.

• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Kane County Chronicle coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at

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