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MURPH'S MOTE: Hawks' playoff run continues

Northwest Herald 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 Saturday, NBC

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

As @tmusick noted 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 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. Saturday, NBC

Can Orb keep the possibility of Triple Crown winner possible? The Derby winner has a 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 eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma State 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."


College lacrosse – women's: NCAA Division I quarterfinals, Penn State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. Sunday, BTN

If you're never seen college lacrosse, here's your chance to catch a Chicago-area 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.


College baseball: Indiana at Ohio State, 3 p.m. Saturday, BTN

Cary-Grove graduate Matt Panek looks to get Ohio State a high seed in the Big Ten Tournament next week.

The Buckeyes entered the series in a three-way tie with Nebraska and Minnesota for second place in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines are tied with Illinois for fifth.

College track and field: Big Ten championships (tape delay), 10 a.m. Sunday, BTN

Crystal Lake Central graduate and Minnesota junior Zach Siegmeier picked up his first Big Ten title and First Team All-Big Ten honor Sunday with a win in the pole vault, clearing 17 feet, 1 inch at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The junior’s win Sunday marks the Gophers’ first conference title in the pole vault since Ben Peterson in 2010.

Cary-Grove graduate and Illinois senior Madeline Aufmann didn't score points in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but the Illinois women's team took second at the Big Ten meet.

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