CHICAGO -- The magnitude of the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday will determine a lot when the Central Division standings are finally decided by the end of the regular season next Saturday.
A Blues loss would have dropped them into third place, one point behind Chicago and the Nashville Predators with three games remaining for each of the three teams.
Instead, the Blues (49-23-7, 105 points) control their own destiny and thrust themselves into first place, one point ahead of the Predators and more importantly, three ahead of the third-place Blackhawks (48-25-6).
Whoever finishes in second and third place will be a Western Conference First Round matchup, something the division winner would rather avoid.
Pacioretty appeared to sustain an upper-body injury at 5:48 when he hit his head against the boards after being checked by Dmitry Kulikov and then getting his feet tangled with Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic.
"He's a big part of our team, a guy we've relied on all year long," forward Brendan Gallagher said. "That said, that's sports; guys go down. It's an opportunity for guys to step up, and I thought we did a good job of that tonight."
PHILADELPHIA -- Paul Devorski's career as an official started in the early 1980s because of a headline in a newspaper and ended Sunday with NHL stars such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Claude Giroux shaking his hand and thanking him for his service to the game.
Devorski officiated his 1,594th and final NHL game at Wells Fargo Center. The 56-year-old is retiring after serving as a referee for 26 years.
He worked the game Sunday with his brother, Greg, a linesman.
"You know what, I never thought I'd last this long, but it's so fast out there and it's time to go before you embarrass yourself," Devorski said following the game, a 4-1 win for the Flyers against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "It's so fast out there now. It's time to go."
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled goaltender Brad Thiessen from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League
The Aldergrove, British Columbia native is playing his sixth season professionally and was signed as a free agent by Calgary on July 4, 2014. In 32 games with Adirondack during the 2014-15 season the 6', 177 lb. netminder has a 10-14-7 record with a 3.02 GAA and a .905 SV%. Thiessen played five NHL games with Pittsburgh in the 2011-12 season and had a 3-1-0 record.
Jamie improves every game and every year. I've only been with him for two years, but as a player and as a person it seems like every week he's getting stronger and better, and becoming a better leader and better captain. He wants the team to be so successful that he's making himself better as a player.
— Stars forward Tyler Seguin on teammate Jamie Benn, the '14-15 Art Ross Trophy winner
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