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Blackhawks beat Red Wings in OT to clinch division title

Published April 12, 2013 9:52 pm

Day in the NHL • Chicago beats Detroit 3-2 in shootout.
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Chicago • Brandon Saad scored in the fifth round of the shootout after Jonathan Toews tied the game late in regulation, and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Central Division title with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

With St. Louis losing to Columbus earlier Friday, the Blackhawks wrapped up the Central race for the first time since 2010 when they won the Stanley Cup.

Chicago also increased its lead over Anaheim for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs to six points.

The shootout was tied 1-1 when Saad beat Jimmy Howard with a backhand shot. Corey Crawford then stopped Johan Franzen, sealing the win and giving the Blackhawks a four-game season sweep over Detroit.

The Blackhawks were trailing 2-1 when Howard made a big pad save on Michael Frolik in the closing minutes. The puck ended up at the left point, and Johnny Oduya's shot hit traffic in front. Toews then fired in the loose puck for his 20th goal, tying it with 2:57 left in regulation.

Chicago then had a 2-on-1 rush, but Bryan Bickell's shot with about 50 seconds left hit the left post.

The Blackhawks had a chance late in overtime when Viktor Stalberg sprinted down the right wing and tried to center the puck to Patrick Kane. The puck appeared to hit a Detroit defender, and Howard swept it aside.

Stalberg beat Howard with a wraparound shot early in the second period. Two quick goals by Franzen and Cory Emmerton late in the period gave Detroit a 2-1 lead, but the Blackhawks answered down the stretch, winning their final game against the Red Wings as division foes. EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

y-Pttsbrgh 41 31 10 0 62 138 101

Islanders 41 21 16 4 46 119 121

Rangers 40 20 16 4 44 99 96

New Jersey 41 15 16 10 40 96 113

Philly 40 17 20 3 37 108 125

Northeast Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-Montreal 40 26 9 5 57 127 95

Boston 40 26 10 4 56 114 87

Toronto 40 22 13 5 49 123 112

Ottawa 41 21 14 6 48 101 89

Buffalo 41 16 19 6 38 107 127

Southeast Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Wash. 41 22 17 2 46 123 113

Winnipeg 42 21 19 2 44 109 123

Tampa Bay 40 17 21 2 36 127 122

Carolina 40 16 22 2 34 103 129

Florida 40 13 21 6 32 98 139

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

y-Chicago 40 31 5 4 66 132 85

St. Louis 40 23 15 2 48 110 102

Detroit 41 19 15 7 45 103 107

Columbus 41 18 16 7 43 99 105

Nashville 42 15 19 8 38 98 115

Northwest Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Vancouver 40 23 11 6 52 109 96

Minnesota 40 22 16 2 46 103 100

Edmonton 40 16 17 7 39 102 111

Calgary 40 15 21 4 34 106 140

Colorado 41 13 22 6 32 96 128

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-Anaheim 41 27 9 5 59 124 103

L.A. 41 23 14 4 50 118 103

San Jose 40 21 12 7 49 101 100

Dallas 40 20 17 3 43 114 120

Phoenix 41 18 16 7 43 110 110

x-clinched playoff spot

y-clinched division

Friday's games

Chicago 3, Detroit 2, SO

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 0

Columbus 4, St. Louis 1

Dallas 5, Nashville 2

Calgary 3, Phoenix 2, OT

Saturday's games

Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Vancouver at Colorado, 1 p.m.

Montreal at Toronto, 5 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Washington, 5 p.m.

Boston at Carolina, 5 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Florida, 5:30 p.m.

Columbus at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

San Jose at Dallas, 6 p.m.

Calgary at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

Anaheim at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.