Skip to content

Blackhawks become first team to clinch playoff berth (Update: Pens clinch too)

Apr 7, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 7: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring against the Nashville Predators in the first period during the NHL game on April 07, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Granted, there wasn’t much doubt after the Chicago Blackhawks got off to a 21-0-3 start this season, but now we know for sure: The Blackhawks will participate in the 2013 NHL Playoffs.

They became the first team in the NHL to earn that distinction on Sunday when they secured a 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators.

For a brief time though, it looked like the Blackhawks would have to wait at least a little longer to clinch.

Predators forward David Legwand netted his 11th goal of the season at 6:54 of the third period to give his team a 3-2 lead. However, the Blackhawks were only down for 2:43 minutes before 20-year-old rookie Brandon Saad found the back of the net for Chicago.

Then, appropriately, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews buried the game winner 55 seconds later.

Chicago is now 29-5-4 this season and don’t have much left to play for. They’ve all but won the first seed in the Western Conference, so the biggest question left is if they’ll get the Presidents’ Trophy.

All the same, the Blackhawks will want to avoid becoming complacent. They still have 10 games and about three weeks left before their season is over and they won’t want to lose any momentum in that time.

Update: The New Jersey Devils lost to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, which means the idle Pittsburgh Penguins are the second team to secure their playoff spot.

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Dubnyk, Wild to begin contract talks this week

    May 24, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Wild v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Two Getty Images

    He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

  2. Bolts’ Carle available for Game 5

    May 24, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Matt Carle Getty Images

    He missed Game 4 due to an undisclosed injury.

  3. Report: Bylsma to meet with Sabres this week

    May 24, 2015, 10:46 AM EDT

    Dan Bylsma Dan Bylsma

    He has not coached since being fired by the Penguins last June.

  4. Pens looking to acquire a first round pick

    May 24, 2015, 9:43 AM EDT

    2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7

    GM Jim Rutherford has already begun talking with teams, which have multiple selections in the Top 30.

  5. Video: Ducks score three goals in 37 seconds to take third-period lead

    May 23, 2015, 10:54 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs play the Anaheim Ducks Getty Images

    Chicago had the lead. Gave it up. Tied it up again.

  6. WATCH LIVE: Ducks at Blackhawks, Western Conference Final Game 4

    May 23, 2015, 7:05 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Anaheim can put Chicago on the brink of elimination.

  7. Kelowna Rockets fined $500 for complaining about officiating at Memorial Cup

    May 23, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT

    Portland Winterhawks v Kelowna Rockets Portland Winterhawks v Kelowna Rockets

    Oilers’ prospects Leon Draisaitl and Marc-Olivier Roy were among those who received 10-minute misconducts on Friday night.

  8. Report: Devils made offer to KHL forward Sergei Kalinin

    May 23, 2015, 3:43 PM EDT

    Sergei Kalinin Sergei Kalinin

    His teammate Vladimir Sobotka is likely staying in Russia.

Featured video

Babcock has his work cut out in Toronto
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. T. Johnson (1677)
  2. S. Stamkos (1557)
  3. K. Versteeg (1368)
  4. P. Kane (1355)
  5. N. Horton (1348)