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Hawks fall to Kings in shootout

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Hawks fall to Kings in shootout

Patrick Kane tied the game with 12:24 remaining in regulation but Mike Richards came up with the shootout winner as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night.

The Blackhawks remain in sixth place, five points behind the Nashville Predators.

Marcus Kruger ended Jonathan Quick's shutout streak against the Blackhawks with his second-period goal. It's the first goal the Blackhawks tallied vs. Quick since Nov. 26; he shut them out the last two contests, 2-0 and 4-0 decisions.

Viktor Stalberg was denied on a penalty shot that would've tied the game but Kane scored his 18th of the season just 58 seconds later. But six rounds' worth of shootout couldn't produce a goal for the Blackhawks.

As Bulls prepare for workouts, new management regime headed to Chicago

As Bulls prepare for workouts, new management regime headed to Chicago

For two men who refer to themselves as gym rats, this has been an odd time for Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley.

Hired as the respective executive vice president and general manager to lead the Bulls out of their rebuild and into a more modern NBA, they haven’t even been able to travel to Chicago because of the global pandemic.

That’s about to change.

Karnisovas and Eversley, who have been working remotely daily and diving deep into evaluation of all things Bulls, are scheduled to travel to Chicago in the near future, according to a team spokesperson. Their arrival coincides with a phased re-opening of the Advocate Center, which the Bulls have advanced in conjunction with state and local government officials and infectious disease specialists at Rush University Medical Center.

In compliance with NBA guidelines, the Bulls opened the Advocate Center for players seeking treatment and medical issues. Lauri Markkanen, who recently from a pelvis ailment four games before the league's hiatus, and Kris Dunn, who sprained his MCL Feb. 1, have utilized the facility for treatment purposes.

Voluntary, socially distanced workouts with coaches are scheduled to begin Wednesday, which is when Mayor Lightfoot has said Chicago will enter “Phase 3” of a five-stage plan to re-open the city.

Gov. Pritzker moved the state of Illinois to “Phase 3” on Friday. The Bulls have been in talks with officials at both the state and local levels to follow safety guidelines.

“We are supportive of the Mayor’s decision and are aligning our plans with the directive of her office,” a team spokesperson said.

Few players are currently in the Chicago area. With the league set to have a conference call with team owners on Friday to continue discussing return-to-play plans, the Bulls could have clarity next week on whether they’ll be invited to the league’s restart in Orlando.

Either way, those players who want to will be able to work out with coaches at the Advocate Center starting Wednesday. The Advocate Center remains closed to non-essential staff and media until further notice.

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Blackhawks agree to terms with forward Matej Chalupa on two-year contract

Blackhawks agree to terms with forward Matej Chalupa on two-year contract

The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Matej Chalupa on a two-year, entry-level deal, the team announced Friday. His contract carries an average annual value of $925,000 and kicks in during the 2020-21 season.

Chalupa registered 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 50 games with HK Hradec of the Czech Republic League and compiled seven points (five goals, two assists) in 12 games during the club's run to Champions Hockey League final. The 21-year-old Czech native was tied for first on the team in assists (17) and ranked fourth in points (24).

Chalupa is a 6-foot-2, 194-pound left-handed shot forward who's likely to be a bottom-six winger at the NHL level, although an everyday spot on the roster isn't guaranteed. He was former teammates with current Blackhawks winger Dominik Kubalik at HC Plzen during the 2016-17 campaign.

Chalupa is the first overseas signing of the summer for the Blackhawks, who have been one of the more aggressive teams in that market over the years, which has included names like David Kampf, Michal Kempny, Artemi Panarin and Jan Rutta.

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