Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis earned home-ice advantage for the first round of the NHL playoffs by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Saturday as the regular season ended for all but two teams. Brian Elliott made 22 saves and Jaden Schwartz had his first two-goal game as the Blues secured fourth place in the Western Conference and set up a clash with defending champion Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs. In other key games, Washington beat Boston in overtime to knock the Bruins off the top of the Northeast Division, replaced by Montreal which beat Toronto, while Phoenix defeated playoff-bound Anaheim. Los Angeles beat San Jose to ensure those sides finished fifth and sixth respectively in the Western Conference, Pittsburgh put eight past Carolina and Detroit beat Dallas to ensure it returns to the playoffs for the 22nd straight year. St. Louis was aided by meeting a Chicago lineup that rested many regular players, having already secured the Presidents' Trophy and home ...
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