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Blackhawks beat Wings in SO, clinch Central Division
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brandon Saad's goal in the fifth round of the shootout capped a late Chicago comeback that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings as well as the Central Division title.
The win, coupled with St. Louis' loss at Columbus earlier in the evening, assured Chicago of a top-three seed in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs as the Central champ and also clinched a postseason berth for idle Anaheim, the current Pacific Division leader.
Chicago trailed 2-1 before Jonathan Toews scored with 2:57 remaining in the third period, and Marian Hossa beat Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard in the third round of the shootout to keep the Blackhawks alive.
Viktor Stalberg also scored in Chicago's fourth straight victory, with Corey Crawford coming up with 27 saves in regulation and overtime prior to thwarting 4-of-5 Detroit skaters in the deciding phase.
Johan Franzen and Cory Emmerton each potted goals to help the Red Wings, who entered the contest holding the eighth and final playoff seed in the West, pick up an important point. Howard finished with 26 saves.
04/12 23:41:53 ET