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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]
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