Chicago Blackhawks 5 – Minnesota Wild 3
Highlights: Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists, and the Blackhawks beat the rival Wild 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference leaders in less than two weeks. Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild. Toews’ wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games and four five-goal outputs in their last five games. Mikael Granlund had two power-play goals, the second of which brought the Wild within 4-3 before Ryan Suter just missed the tying goal with an attempt that hit the crossbar. Corey Crawford had 29 saves for Chicago.
Exiled Sosa Won’t Beg for Cubs’ Forgiveness – Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Kerry Wood, many former Chicago Cubs legends took part in the 2016 World Series celebration, but one was noticeably absent: Sammy Sosa. And from what he’s saying, a reunion isn’t likely anytime soon. Sosa left the Cubs’ game early on the last day of the 2004 season, incensing some teammates, who smashed his boom box. After initially lying about leaving the clubhouse, Sosa later said he had permission from then-manager Dusty Baker. It was a messy situation that followed whispers of steroid use and Sosa getting busted for using a corked bat in 2003. The Cubs traded the outfielder to the Orioles after the 2004 season, and the sides have not reconciled.