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Chicago's win comes too late

DETROIT -- The Chicago Blackhawks got the win, but not the kind they wanted.

Patrick Kane scored the only goal of the shootout to give Chicago a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in the final game of the regular season for both teams.

The Blackhawks, though, have to settle for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. They needed a regulation win to move past Detroit into the fifth seed.

"Basically, what are you going to do? They played a pretty good game. It's tough when you're giving up leads," Kane said.

Chicago led 2-0 eight minutes into the third period but Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit in the game's final 11:49 to tie the game, send it into overtime and cement the Blackhawks in sixth place.

They will play the Pacific Division winner, either Phoenix, Los Angeles or San Jose in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin next week.

"It's going to be a battle come Wednesday or Thursday, no matter who we get," Chicago's Patrick Sharp said.

Datsyuk scored with 46 seconds left in regulation with goalie Jimmy Howard pulled for the extra attacker. He drove a loose puck into an empty net off a tight cross-crease pass from Tomas Holmstrom for his 19th goal.

"I just had to shoot in the empty net. They gave it to me." Datsyuk said. "It was a privilege to score in the empty net."

The Red Wings will play No. 4 Nashville in the first round.

"It's huge. Now we're not going out to the West Coast. For the last few years we've been back-and-forth to the Western time zone," said Howard. "We've been out there enough times. It's nice we're not going there to start, but to be there in June you've got to beat some real good teams."

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