DETROIT – The Chicago Blackhawks got the win, but not the kind they wanted.
Patrick Kane scored the only goal of the shootout to give Chicago a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
The Blackhawks, though, have to settle for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. They needed a regulation win to move past Detroit into the fifth seed.
Basically, what are you going to do? They played a pretty good game today. It’s tough when you’re giving up leads, Kane said.
Chicago led 2-0 eight minutes into the third period but Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit in the game’s final 11:49 to tie the game, send it into overtime and cement the Blackhawks in sixth place.
They will play Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs next week after the Coyotes clinched the Pacific Division with a 4-1 win over Minnesota on Saturday night.
The Red Wings will play No. 4 Nashville in the first round.
PENGUINS 4, FLYERS 2: In Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin scored his 50th goal of the season and added an assist to lock up his second NHL scoring title and lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia, in a first-round playoff preview.
Malkin finished the regular season with 109 points and became the ninth player in Penguins history to reach the 50-goal mark.
BRUINS 4, SABRES 3, SO: In Boston, Patrice Bergeron had three assists before scoring the winner in the shootout for Boston, the No. 2 seed in the East.
Tyler Seguin scored twice, and Brad Marchand also had a goal for the Bruins, who will be the No. 2 seed in the East. They open the playoffs against Washington.
DEVILS 4, SENATORS 2: In Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice, and Stephen Gionta broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal as New Jersey won its sixth straight.
The Devils, who clinched the No. 6 seed in Eastern Conference face third-seeded Florida in the opening round.
PANTHERS 4, HURRICANES 1: In Sunrise, Fla., Florida clinched the first division title in franchise history, getting first-period goals from Marcel Goc and John Madden and 33 saves from Scott Clemmensen to beat Carolina and wrap up the Southeast crown.
CAPITALS 4, RANGERS 1: In New York, Washington scored three first-period goals, and third-string goaltender Braden Holtby made 35 saves, spoiling New York’s chance to clinch the Presidents’ Trophy.
The Rangers (51-24-7) finished with 109 points for the third time in franchise history and remain tied with Vancouver for the league’s top spot. The Canucks was home to Edmonton later Saturday.
New York plays Ottawa in the first round.
COYOTES 4, WILD 1: In Minneapolis, Taylor Pyatt scored two goals and Mike Smith made 23 saves to help Phoenix clinch the first division championship in franchise history.
BLUES 3, STARS 2: In Dallas, Alex Steen and David Perron scored power-play goals as St. Louis snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak (0-2-2) to finish with 109 points.
FLAMES 5, DUCKS 2: In Calgary, Alberta, Nigerian-born Akim Aliu scored his first two NHL goals to lead Calgary.
BLUE JACKETS 7, ISLANDERS 3: In Columbus, Ohio, Cam Atkinson scored two goalsas Columbus ended the season with a victory.
CANADIENS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1: In Montreal, Tomas Plekanec scored a rare short-handed goal with Montreal down two players to lead the Canadiens.
LIGHTNING 4, JETS 3, OT: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Steven Stamkos scored his 60th goal of the season, and Teddy Purcell had a hat trick, including the overtime winner, to lift Tampa Bay.