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Chicago wins; Wings clinch Central

Thursday, 04.5.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Chicago wins; Wings clinch Central
By The Associatd Press

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp and Jason Williams scored in the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings on Thursday.

Chicago won its fourth straight and snapped a seven-game losing streak against Detroit that dated to March 2006.

By earning a point for reaching overtime, the Wings clinched their sixth straight Central Division title. Detroit needs one more point to secure its third consecutive Western Conference title.

Pavel Datsyuk scored in the shootout for Detroit.

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made a season-high 56 saves, and Nikita Alexeev and Bryan Bickell -- making his NHL debut -- scored in regulation. The Blackhawks' winning streak is their longest of the season and follows a six-game losing skid.

Kyle Calder was credited with a power-play goal for Detroit at 9:36 of the third to tie it at 2 and set up overtime. However, it appeared that Robert Lang also might have jammed the loose puck past Khabibulin.

Tomas Holmstrom also scored in regulation for Detroit, which came back from a 2-0 deficit. Chris Osgood made 19 saves.

Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi suffered a sprained neck in the first period and did not return to the game.

The game was the opener of a home-and-home series between the two teams. The Wings host Chicago in their season finale Saturday afternoon. The Blackhawks close their season at Dallas on Sunday.

Alexeev opened the scoring 5:03 into the first. After taking a cross-ice pass from Denis Arkhipov, he beat Osgood high on the stick side with a shot from the left circle.

Bickell made it 2-0 with a deflection from the edge of the crease at 3:04 of the second. As he was pulled to the ice by Detroit's Chris Chelios, Bickell redirected Jonas Nordqvist's shot from right wing.

Both Bickell and Nordqvist were recalled from the Norfolk of the AHL earlier in the day.

Holmstrom cut it to 2-1 with 40 seconds left in the second period. Left uncovered just off the right edge of the crease, Holmstrom banged a rebound of Johan Franzen's shot between Khabibulin's pads.

Calder was credited with jamming a loose puck under Khabibulin's pads at 9:36 of the third for a power-play goal that tied it 2-all following a video review.

Detroit outshot Chicago, 5-2, in the scoreless overtime.

GAME NOTES: Detroit D Nicklas Lidstrom sat out with a sore back. ... Wings D Niklas Kronwall missed his third game with a fractured sacrum and is out for the season. ... Detroit LW Henrik Zetterberg missed his 18th game with a lower back injury, but has resumed skating. ... Chicago LW Martin Havlat is out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury Tuesday in Nashville. ... Blackhawks C Mikael Holmqvist also is out for the season with a shoulder injury suffered in Nashville. ...Chicago D Adrian Aucoin missed Thursday's game with a pulled groin.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59