Clear69° FULL FORECASTClear69° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Blues clinch playoff spot with shutout win

ST. LOUIS — Brian Elliott made 15 saves for his third straight shutout and the Blues beat the Canucks 4-0 on Friday to clinch a playoff spot and tie the Stars for the Central Division lead.

Elliott hasn't allowed a goal since returning from a lower-body injury March 19.

The Canucks have a seven-game winless streak, 0-6-1, and have been shut out in four of their past five games.

Game highlights: Defenseman John Carlson scored at 2:17 of overtime and the Capitals moved within grasping distance of the Presidents' Trophy with a 1-0 victory over the host Devils. The win gave Washington 111 points. It can clinch the Presidents' Trophy, given to the team with the most regular-season points, with a point against the Blues today or the Stars losing earlier in the day.

Around the league: Ducks defenseman Josh Manson was fined $2,486.56 for making a throat-slash gesture toward Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri late in the third period Thursday. Manson took offense to a hit from behind by Kadri and took his right hand and motioned across his neck in the center's direction. The fine is the maximum allowed amount based on his $925,000 salary under the collective bargaining agreement.

at Blues 2 1 1 4
Canucks 0 0 0 0

First1, St.L, Brodziak 4 (Upshall), 10:51 (sh). 2, St.L, Fabbri 18 (Stastny, Brouwer), 15:25. PenaltiesPedan, Van (hold), 8:06; Burrows, Van, major (fight), 9:45; Shattenkirk, StL, minor-major (slash, fight), 9:45.

Second3, St.L, Gunnarsson 3 (Stastny, Brouwer), 15:32. PenaltiesNone.

Third4, St.L, Edmundson 1 (Tarasenko, Parayko), 12:15. PenaltiesHansen, Van (high-stick), :18; Hamhuis, Van (delay of game), :23. SOGVan 7-6-2—15. St.L 11-10-16—37. PPsVan 0 of 1; St.L 0 of 3. GoaliesVan, Markstrom 11-12-4 (37 shots-33 saves). St.L, Elliott 20-7-6 (15-15).

Capitals 0 0 0 1 1
at Devils 0 0 0 0 0

FirstNone. PenaltiesAlzner, Was (high-stick), 4:00; Mozik, NJ (trip), 8:27.

SecondNone. PenaltiesWilliams, Was (slash), 4:07; Backstrom, Was (rough), 11:36; Blandisi, NJ (rough), 11:36.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesOvechkin, Was (trip), 7:26; Severson, NJ (interfere), 17:44. OT1, Was, Carlson 7 (Chimera, Johansson), 2:17. PenaltiesNone. SOGWas 10-9-5-2—26. NJ 4-6-11-1—22. PPsWas 0-2; NJ 0-3. GoaliesWas, Holtby 45-9-4 (22 shots-22 saves). NJ, Wedgewood 2-0-1 (26-25).

Playoff glance

The top three teams in each division get playoff berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals get wild-card berths regardless of their division. Wild-card standings with points, games left (GL; fewer games played is the first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, the second tiebreaker)

East Pts GL ROW

Islanders 87 9 35

Flyers 85 9 34

Red Wings 85 8 35

West Pts GL ROW

Predators 89 8 34

Wild 83 7 33

Avalanche 80 8 34

Blues clinch playoff spot with shutout win 03/25/16 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2016 11:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2016 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...