Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)

April, 12, 2013
4/12/13
10:29
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Friday:

How it happened: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews came through with a game-tying goal with 2:57 left in the third period to force extra time. The Red Wings led throughout the third period after going ahead 2-1 in the second period. In the shootout, the Blackhawks outscored the Red Wings 2-1 in five rounds. Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad scored in the shootout for Chicago. The Blackhawks first went up 1-0 with a goal by Viktor Stalberg in the second period, and the Red Wings answered with two consecutive goals. Johan Franzen tied the game at 15:40 of the second period and Cory Emmerton put the Red Wings ahead with another goal at 17:39. Franzen's goal came on the power play and snapped the Blackhawks' streak of 21 consecutive power plays without allowing goal. The Blackhawks hadn't given up a power-play goal since March 16. The Blackhawks were also shut out on two power-play chances. They haven't scored on the power play since March 29. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 27 saves, and Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard had 26 saves.

Player of the game: Toews came through in the clutch again. It was his 20th goal of the season.

What it means: The Blackhawks clinched the Central Division with Friday's victory and with the St. Louis Blues losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets. It's the Blackhawks' first division title since the 2009-2010 season. The Blackhawks also swept the season series against the Red Wings. They hadn't accomplished that since the 1976-77 season. The Blackhawks improved to 31-5-4 with 66 points. The Red Wings remained the Western Conference's No. 8 seed as they picked up another point and now have 45 points.

What's next: The Blackhawks travel to face the St. Louis Blues at 11:30 a.m. CT Sunday. The Blackhawks are 2-0-1 against the Blues this season.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26