CHICAGO — Rookie Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored 55 seconds apart midway through the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Sunday night to become the first team to clinch a NHL playoff spot this season.
STARS 5, SHARKS 4 (SO)
In San Jose, Calif., Jamie Benn scored the lone goal in the shootout as Dallas snapped the Sharks’ seven-game winning streak.
SABRES 3, DEVILS 2 (SO)
In Buffalo, Nathan Gerbe scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Sabres.
BLUES 1, RED WINGS 0
In Detroit, Brian Elliott made 28 saves and Chris Porter scored the game’s only goal in St. Louis’ win.
CAPITALS 4, LIGHTNING 2
In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored twice to make it five goals in two games to lift the Capitals.
WILD 3, BLUE JACKETS 0
In Columbus, Ohio, Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist to help Minnesota snap a three-game losing streak.
PANTHERS 1, SENATORS 0
In Sunrise, Fla., Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period to lift Florida.
WINTER CLASSIC: The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium has been reset for Jan. 1 after its cancellation this season.