Jaden Schwartz fired in two goals for St. Louis in a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues helping St. Louis lock up home ice in the first-round of the playoffs with the four seed in the West. Brian Elliott had 22 saves for the Blues and Carter Hutton racked up 25 for the Hawks. Ben Smith had the lone goal for Chicago in the loss. The Western Conference leading Blackhawks finished the season with a record of 36-7-and-5 to capture their second Presidents' Trophy, while St. Louis wrapped up at 29-17-and-2. Chicago will face the Minnesota Wild in the first round. The Blues will meet the defending champion Los Angeles Kings.
Kelly Johnson was 4-for-5 with two RBI as the Rays took care of the White Sox, 10-4. Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer while Desmond Jennings added a solo shot for Tampa Bay. James Loney was 3-for-5 with two RBI while Evan Longoria had a 4-for-6 game with an RBI and two runs scored. Matt Moore struck out nine over six frames of one-run ball to improve to 5-and-0. The Rays had lost three out of four. Adam Dunn lifted a solo homer for Chicago in defeat. Gavin Floyd gave up two runs and left in the top of the third inning with a right elbow injury. He was charged with the loss and fell to 0-and-4. The Sox saw a three-game winning streak end.
The White Sox finish their series with the Rays today with the Pre-Game Show at 12:35 on Newstalk 1060.
David DeJesus came up with an RBI single in the seventh inning to give the Cubs a 3-2 win over the Marlins. Chicago has taken the first three of the four-game set to move to 9-and-14. Travis Wood jumped to 2-and-1 allowing two runs and striking out five across six innings. Kevin Gregg locked up his third save with a perfect ninth inning. Giancarlo Stanton crushed his first home run of the season in the loss. It came in Stanton's 18th game. Alex Sanabia took the defeat despite pitching six-and-two-thirds solid innings. Sanabia allowed three runs and six hits, while striking out four. Miami is a MLB-worst 5-and-19.