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Chicago wins; Wings clinch Central

Thursday, 04.5.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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