Datsyuk's late goal sends Blackhawks west

Datsyuk's late goal sends Blackhawks west
April 7, 2012, 7:40 pm
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DETROIT -- With less than a minute remaining in regulation, the Chicago Blackhawks looked like they were heading to Nashville for a first-round matchup. But the Red Wings had other thoughts.

Pavel Datsyuk scored with 46.4 seconds remaining in the third period to tie it, but Patrick Kane came back with the shootout winner in the Blackhawks' 3-2 victory over the Wings on Saturday afternoon.

Because they couldn't hold on in regulation, the Blackhawks finish sixth in the Western Conference and will play the Pacific Division winner. That No. 3 seed, however, will be decided later tonight; Phoenix is currently in third and plays Minnesota this evening. Los Angeles and San Jose, who are each one point behind Phoenix, play late tonight.

Viktor Stalberg scored his 22nd of the season in the first period and Andrew Shaw added his 12th -- a power-play goal -- to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead late in the second period. But the Wings, who still had a chance at home ice before falling in the shootout, came out determined in the third period. Johan Franzen scored an unassisted goal to deny Corey Crawford a shutout bid and then Datsyuk added his near the end of regulation.