Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nhl Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nhl Roundup

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Saad helps 'Hawks clinch division title

Brandon Saad scored in the fifth round of the shootout after Jonathan Toews tied the score late in regulation as the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Central Division title with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

With the Blues 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 to seven points over Anaheim in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

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.

Stars 5, Predators 2 * Rookie Alex Chiasson scored two goals, to help Dallas defeat Nashville. Ray Whitney had a power-play goal and an assist, and Erik Cole and Tom Wandell had a goal apiece and Vern Fiddler had two assists for the Stars, who started the night 10th in the Western Conference three points behind eighth-place Detroit. …

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