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Monday, 04.05.2010 / 1:01 AM / News

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Sunday, moments after clinching their first division title since winning the Norris Division in 1992-93.

The Blackhawks, winners of three straight, were handed the Central Division crown minutes before the puck was dropped when Detroit lost at Philadelphia.

Antti Niemi made 25 saves, and Tomas Kopecky, Troy Brouwer and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks reached 49 victories to tie the team record set in 1970-71 and matched in 1990-91 - before ties were broken in shootouts. It was their eighth straight regular-season victory over the Flames, and they reached 105 points to move within two points of first-place San Jose in the Western Conference.

Ian White scored for the Flames. They are ninth in the Western Conference, two points behind Colorado for the final playoff spot with three games left.

DENVER (AP) - John-Michael Liles redirected Ryan Wilson's shot at 2:59 of overtime, and Colorado gained ground in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

The victory snapped the Avalanche's season-high four-game losing streak and gave them a two-point lead over ninth-place Calgary.

The Sharks remained the top seed in the West, but the loss allowed Washington to clinch the Presidents' Trophy for the best regular-season record.

Peter Mueller, who had his third two-goal game since joining the Avalanche in a March 3 trade with Phoenix, left the game dazed after crashing into the boards following a check by San Jose defenseman Rob Blake.

Kyle Quincey and Paul Statsny also scored for Colorado.

San Jose tied at 4 on Patrick Marleau's 43rd goal of the season with 11:47 left. Joe Pavelski, Douglas Murray and Jamie McGuinn also scored.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Sami Salo scored on a power play at 2:15 of overtime to give Vancouver the victory after the Canucks blew a two-goal lead in the final minute of regulation.

Most of the crowd of 18,810 - the 300th consecutive sellout - headed for the exits after Alex Edler's empty-netter with 55 seconds left made it 3-1. But Cody Almond scored with 41.5 seconds left, and Antti Miettinen tied it with 18.8 seconds remaining.

Ryan Kesler and Kyle Wellwood also scored to help Vancouver win consecutive games for the first time in three weeks and secure its third Northwest Division title in four seasons under coach Alain Vigneault. Andrew Brunette also scored for Minnesota.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Claude Giroux and Arron Asham scored second-period goals to help Philadelphia hand Detroit its first regulation loss in 13 games

Kimmo Timonen had a goal and an assist, Daniel Carcillo also scored, and Brian Boucher made 31 saves for Philadelphia. The Flyers are tied with Boston with 82 points, two more than ninth-place New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Dan Cleary, Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit, and Chris Osgood, making his first start in goal since Jan. 27, made 21 saves.

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When I first became captain here, Monsieur Beliveau came to me and said, 'You're going to be fine. You don't have to change, you got selected because of who you are.'

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