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Blackhawks clinch the Central Division

Apr 13, 2013, 12:18 AM EST

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The Chicago Blackhawks, who began the season without a regulation loss in their first 24 games, clinched the Central Division on Friday with a 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Blackhawks lead the Western Conference and the entire National Hockey League with a 31-5-4 record and 66 points.

The win also gives the Blackhawks the sweep of the season series over their Original Six rivals from Detroit, as per CSN Chicago.

“It means a lot,” Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford told the Chicago Tribune. “We want to capture first place (in the conference). It has been game-by-game the whole year and we’re not going to change it now.

“We want to finish first and get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. This is a great building to play in and there’s a lot of energy when we play here.”

  1. badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Cancel the playoffs and have the Pens and Hawks play the Finals.Far and away the power duo of the NHL.

    • canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:25 AM

      The last time two #1 seeds met in the Stanley Cup Finals was 2001; Avalanche vs Devils.

      Regular season success does not necessarily translate to post-season success.

      Especially in a truncated season, anything can happen.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    fu·til·i·ty noun \fyü-ˈti-lə-tē\ plural fu·til·i·ties

    Definition of FUTILITY

    1 : the quality or state of being futile : uselessness

    2 : a useless act or gesture

    • canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:26 AM

      Other than blomfeld, you might just be the most annoying regular poster on this site

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    3 : See shootout <>

    4 : See flatscreen television <>

  4. sillyv6 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I’m with badintent on this one!

  5. thehighcountrybear - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    5 : See beer bottle projecting from flatscreen television <>

  6. earpaniac - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Kind of fitting the ‘Hawks would clinch this against their oldest rival in their last game as division opponents. Now the march to Lord Stanley awaits!

  7. canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    I’d just like to remind everyone an 8th seed won the Stanley Cup last year and there has been at least one Division winner eliminated in the first round every season for quite some time.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      Had to be a Canuck thats was going to say it.

      • canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        Don’t shoot the messenger

  8. thehighcountrybear - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    First round bye, bye bye…

    You’re going to have to find new games to play
    You’re going to have to find new men to imitate
    Now the second round is under way

    Daddy’s never gonna tell you lies
    And it’s okay for boys to cry
    Hawk’s are going now so say bye bye?

    Bye bye…

    • canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      Weak.

      This would have been more effective:

  9. steelers88 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    The Blackhawks can have the Presidents trophy most teams who win the presidents trophy don’t win the Stanley Cup.
    Signed A Penguins Fan.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      “Aw, I didn’t want it anyway!”

      I get what your saying. It’s just hard to make the statement as a fan of a team in the hunt for something like that and not come off sounding like sour grapes.

  10. hammerhead5573 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Only thing more mythical than a unicorn……Nucks winning a Stanly Cup.

    • canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      I thought the only thing more mythical than that was the Cubs winning a World Series

  11. blackhawks2010 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    We have agreed to donate the Presidents Trophy to Penguins. Hawks are on a mission for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
    Lets Go Hawks!

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