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NHL Playoffs

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On the Mend

The Blackhawks expect to have Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the lineup when they play at St. Louis on Thursday after each had long layoffs to heal injuries. Kane has been out since hurting his left knee March 19 - against the hard-hitting Blues. Tampa Bay might have to get to the second round to have goaltender Ben Bishop on the ice. Bishop has been out since last week with an upper-body injury and isn't going to be re-evaluated until early next week. ''It's unfortunate, not just for our team, but for Ben,'' Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ''He's had a great run with us this year.'' Tampa Bay has to hope Anders Lindback, who has played in one playoff game previously, makes the most of his opportunity to play in net.

LARRY LAGE, AP

(AP Photo)



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