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Blackhawks clinch first place in Central for first division title in 17 years

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Chicago Blackhawks\' Tomas Kopecky (82) reacts after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Chicago, Sunday, April 4, 2010. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Nam Y. Huh) Author: The Hockey News

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Blackhawks clinch first place in Central for first division title in 17 years

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CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks have clinched first place in the Central Division for their first division title in 17 years.

The Blackhawks locked up the Central when the Detroit Red Wings lost 4-3 at Philadelphia in Sunday's early nationally televised game minutes before Chicago took the ice against the Calgary Flames.

The Blackhawks earned their last division title in 1992-93, when they finished atop the Norris Division with a 47-25-12 record and 106 points.

They entered Sunday's game with 103 points, three behind Western Conference-leading San Jose.

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Blackhawks clinch first place in Central for first division title in 17 years