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.
First—1, St.L, Brodziak 4 (Upshall), 10:51 (sh). 2, St.L, Fabbri 18 (Stastny, Brouwer), 15:25. Penalties—Pedan, Van (hold), 8:06; Burrows, Van, major (fight), 9:45; Shattenkirk, StL, minor-major (slash, fight), 9:45.
Second—3, St.L, Gunnarsson 3 (Stastny, Brouwer), 15:32. Penalties—None.
Third—4, St.L, Edmundson 1 (Tarasenko, Parayko), 12:15. Penalties—Hansen, Van (high-stick), :18; Hamhuis, Van (delay of game), :23. SOG—Van 7-6-2—15. St.L 11-10-16—37. PPs—Van 0 of 1; St.L 0 of 3. Goalies—Van, Markstrom 11-12-4 (37 shots-33 saves). St.L, Elliott 20-7-6 (15-15).
First—None. Penalties—Alzner, Was (high-stick), 4:00; Mozik, NJ (trip), 8:27.
Second—None. Penalties—Williams, Was (slash), 4:07; Backstrom, Was (rough), 11:36; Blandisi, NJ (rough), 11:36.
Third—None. Penalties—Ovechkin, Was (trip), 7:26; Severson, NJ (interfere), 17:44. OT—1, Was, Carlson 7 (Chimera, Johansson), 2:17. Penalties—None. SOG—Was 10-9-5-2—26. NJ 4-6-11-1—22. PPs—Was 0-2; NJ 0-3. Goalies—Was, Holtby 45-9-4 (22 shots-22 saves). NJ, Wedgewood 2-0-1 (26-25).