Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks became the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the 2013 NHL Playoffs after edging the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Sunday.
Jonathan Toews tallied the game-winner with 9:28 left, while Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Brandon Saad also tallied for the Blackhawks, who picked up their league-leading 62nd point with the win. Patrick Kane added an empty netter in the final minute.
Ray Emery had 19 saves in the victory.
Nick Spaling, Shea Weber and David Legwand each lit the lamp for the Predators, losers in six of their last seven games.
Pekka Rinne turned away 35 shots in the setback.