Dj vu: Blackhawks drop shootout to Wild again

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Dj vu: Blackhawks drop shootout to Wild again

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jamal Mayers scored his sixth of the season but Devin Setoguchi once again had the shootout winner as the Blackhawks fell to the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Thursday night.

The Blackhawks remain in sixth place with 99 points heading into Saturday's finale against the Detroit Red Wings, who lost to New Jersey tonight and have 101 points.

The Blackhawks could've opened a bigger lead on the Wild late in the first and early in the second periods. Wild defenseman Nate Prosser head-butted Mayers, drawing a major and putting the Blackhawks on a five-minute power play. But they could do nothing on that, or the other power plays they had on the evening.

Another chance for a 2-0 lead was thwarted in the third period, when Bryan Bickell's high stick-deflected shot was ruled no goal on the ice and replays were inconclusive to overturn it.

Cal Clutterbuck deflected a power-play goal past Corey Crawford to tie it with 3:12 remaining in regulation. Crawford stopped 22 of 23 in the loss.

Cubs release Munenori Kawasaki and keep the door open for his return

Cubs release Munenori Kawasaki and keep the door open for his return

MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs released Munenori Kawasaki on Tuesday, allowing the popular, high-energy Japanese infielder to see what's out there while still keeping the door open for his return.

The timing would also allow the Cubs to avoid paying the $100,000 retention bonus to Kawasaki, who's played parts of five big-league seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and last year's World Series team.

"Hopefully, we get a chance to sign him back," manager Joe Maddon said at the Sloan Park complex. "A guy like him needs to take advantage of how well he's playing and possibly see if there's a chance to get a major-league job."

With that move, the Cubs cut the roster to 30 players on their second-to-last day in the Cactus League this spring. Between Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist and Javier Baez – and prospects like Ian Happ and Chesny Young – the Cubs would appear to be covered up the middle for now. 

"You can never have enough middle infielders," Maddon said. "I'd love to have him, no question. Hopefully, he's going to be back. Again, this is one of those things where the word 'release' is a very harsh word, but I think it can be rectified possibly. I hope he comes back to us."

Kristin Cavallari shows off her favorite NFL tight end: A nude Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari shows off her favorite NFL tight end: A nude Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari continues to chronicle husband Jay Cutler's life as a free agent in the most epic way possible.

With a revealing Instagram photo Tuesday morning, she may have hinted at a position change for the former Bears QB...to tight end! (Get it?)

For the NSFW version, head to KCavs' Instagram page.

Smokin' Jay takes on a whole new meaning now.

It's still apparent Jay Cutler just "DOON'T CAAAREE."

There are so many Bears jokes and puns to be made here:

Bare Down. 

Once a bare, always a bare?

Bare at heart?

Looks like he's in some bare weather.

We know who KCavs' tight end sleeper is in fantasy football this year. No ifs ands or butts about it.

Ummm...

OK I'm out.