ST. LOUIS (AP) - Marc Lamothe won in his second start of the season and Chris Chelios had two assists, helping the Detroit Red Wings clinch first place overall in the NHL with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
The Blues missed a chance to clinch their 25th straight playoff berth, which would extend the longest current streak in professional sports. Instead, the loss in their regular-season home finale put them in a three-way tie with the Oilers and Predators for seventh in the Western Conference with two games to go.
I'm torn... I want the Oilers to make the playoffs, but I also want the Canucks to get home ice. Meh, we can hope for a tie, and that St. Lose gets smashed.