CHICAGO – Brad Stuart scored at 3:11 of overtime Sunday as the Detroit Red Wings prevented Chicago from winning the Western Conference by beating the Blackhawks 3-2.
Stuart took a nice pass from Dan Cleary to beat Antti Niemi as the Red Wings continued their late-season surge and locked up the No. 5 seed in the conference playoffs. They will face Phoenix in the first round.
A victory would have allowed the Blackhawks to tie San Jose (113) for most points in the Western Conference and Chicago would have won a tiebreaker because it had more victories.
Instead the Blackhawks had their six-game winning streak ended, finished with 112 points and now have the No. 2 seed. They will open the playoffs against Nashville.