Chicago rallies to earn postseason berth

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya heads upice with the puck.

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.

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