For the first two periods of the regular-season finale, it seemed like the Chicago Blackhawks were on their way to a comfortable victory. However, the Blackhawks saw their two goal lead evaporate in the final 20 minutes, as a Pavel Datsyuk goal with less than a minute remaining tied the game at two and forced overtime.
Despite the late rally from the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago kept its composure throughout the overtime period and was able to emerge with a 3-2 (SO) victory. Although he couldn't find the back of the net in the shootout, Patrick Sharp was instrumental in the win. Sharp assisted on both of the goals in regulation, with Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw each scoring.
Although the Red Wings were able to rally in the third period, courtesy of goals from Johan Franzen and Datsyuk, Corey Crawford played well between the pipes for Chicago. Crawford made 30 saves in the victory and didn't allow a goal in the shootout.
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