5/2 Hawkeytown

Several of the Cubs players attended Saturday night’s Blackhawks playoff game against the Canucks, which Chicago lost, 5-1.

“I’m rooting for good hockey,” said pitcher Ryan Dempster, whose allegiances are torn since he’s Canadian and also living and working in Chicago.

James Russell, who wore his Blackhawks jersey personalized with “The Animal” on the back, was among the many disappointed as the Canucks opened a quick 5-0 lead.

“That’s a big lead in baseball — imagine that in hockey, it’s crazy,” Russell said. “It’s always fun. I wish we could catch them on a win.”

Russell has been to two Blackhawks games but the team has lost both times.

“I’d like to go back — I really like the games,” he said. “I was talking to [Randy] Wells and some of the guys and if they win the Cup, I say we take [batting practice] in our hockey jerseys. I think that’d be awesome.”

— Carrie Muskat

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