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Blackhawks capture Central Division title, extend point streak

by Mackenzie McCluer / Chicago Blackhawks
After clinching their first Central Division title since the 2009-2010 season with a win over the Detroit Red Wings on April 12, 2013, the Chicago Blackhawks notched at least one point against Dallas, Nashville and Phoenix to extend their point streak to 11 games.

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Young fans watch a pregame video on the United Center's scoreboard while waiting for the Blackhawks to take on the Detroit Red Wings on April 12, 2013.

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Corey Crawford blocks a shot against the Red Wings on April 12. Crawford made 27 saves in regulation and overtime — and allowed only one goal in a five-round shootout — during Chicago's 3-2 victory over Detroit. With the win, which capped Chicago's first season sweep of Detroit since the 1976-1977 season, the Blackhawks clinched the Central Division title.

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Susannah Collins of Comcast SportsNet Chicago interviews Duncan Keith during the first intermission of the game against the Red Wings on April 12.

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Patrick Sharp fields questions via headset in an interview with WGN Radio during the first intermission on April 12.

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Jonathan Toews and Michael Frolik celebrate after Toews scored with 2:57 left in regulation, tying Detroit at 2-2 and sending the game into overtime.

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Brandon Saad sends a backhand shot flying past Jimmy Howard to take the lead in the shootout. A subsequent miss by Detroit's Johan Franzen sealed the victory for Chicago. Click here to watch a video of Saad's goal.

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Brandon Saad celebrates after scoring in the shootout.

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The team heads to the locker room after celebrating their win on April 12.

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Jonathan Toews salutes the crowd after being named the No. 1 Star of the Game on April 12.

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Nick Leddy, Michal Handzus and Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars scramble for the puck during a game between the Blackhawks and the Stars at the United Center on April 15, 2013.

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Marian Hossa celebrates after one of his shots was tipped in by Jonathan Toews for a goal. Click here to watch the play.

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Andrew Shaw tosses his stick to fans behind the glass after being named the No. 1 Star of the Game on April 15.

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This year's BMO Harris Bank youth hockey players and coaches of the month had the chance to get autographs from the Blackhawks, including Patrick Kane, after attending a morning skate on April 19, 2013.

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Pat Foley and members of his family belt the national anthem on April 19, 2013, after a pregame ceremony honoring Foley's 30 years as a broadcaster for the Chicago Blackhawks. Click here to watch a video recap of the ceremony and Foley's speech.

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Bryan Bickell keeps his eye on the puck in the offensive zone during a game against the Nashville Predators on April 19, 2013. The Blackhawks won 5-4 in overtime.

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Duncan Keith surveys the ice on April 19. Keith got the Hawks on the board with a first-period powerplay goal and tallied two more assists for his fifth multi-point game of the season.

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Jonathan Toews dives past Chris Mueller of the Predators en route to the goal on April 19.

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Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa celebrate after Hossa notched a powerplay goal 52 seconds into overtime on April 19. Click here to watch a video of the goal.

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The Blackhawks make their way to center ice to salute the crowd after an overtime victory on April 19.

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Michael Frolik laces his skates alongside Blackhawks equipment manager Clint Reif in the locker room after the game against Nashville on April 19.

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Fans greet Brandon Bollig as he heads to the ice before a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on April 20, 2013, at the United Center.

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Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz and President/CEO John McDonough have a word while being filmed for an installment of NHL 36, an all-access series produced by the National Hockey League and NBC SportsNet, during the April 20 game. The series previously featured Patrick Kane.

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Brent Seabrook and Andrew Shaw fist-bump after Seabrook scored his first of two goals against the Coyotes on April 20. The Blackhawks lost to the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout while extending their point streak to 11 games.

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Fans watch in anticipation as Jonathan Toews prepares to fire on Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith during the shootout. Toews and Marian Hossa missed, while Patrick Kane scored Chicago's lone shootout goal.

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Phoenix's Radim Vrbata fires the puck past Corey Crawford during the shootout on April 20. Vrbata's shot was a miss, but teammates Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko found the back of the net to secure the win for Phoenix.

Photos by Bill Smith and Chase Agnello-Dean.

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