Blackhawks clinch the Central Division

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The Chicago Blackhawks, who began the season without a regulation loss in their first 24 games, clinched the Central Division on Friday with a 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Blackhawks lead the Western Conference and the entire National Hockey League with a 31-5-4 record and 66 points.

The win also gives the Blackhawks the sweep of the season series over their Original Six rivals from Detroit, as per CSN Chicago.

“It means a lot,” Blackhawks goalie¬†Corey Crawford told the Chicago Tribune. “We want to capture first place (in the conference). It has been game-by-game the whole year and we’re not going to change it now.

“We want to finish first and get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. This is a great building to play in and there’s a lot of energy when we play here.”