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FLYERS, WILD CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOTS

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SUNRISE - Claude Giroux had two goals and the Flyers clinched a playoff berth Tuesday by beating Florida 5-2.

Tye McGinn, Sean Couturier and Vinny Lecavalier also scored for the Flyers and Steve Mason had 38 saves.

Philadelphia has consecutive wins after losing four straight.

Dan Ellis stopped 22 shots for Florida after Roberto Luongo was a late scratch with an upper-body injury.

The Flyers had four goals in the second period, including three on their first four shots. They took a 1-0 lead when Lecavalier found a loose puck in the slot and wristed it between the pads of Ellis, his former Lightning teammate, at 2:02 for his 20th.

Wild also clinches: Minnesota wrapped up a wild-card spot in the Western Conference when Phoenix lost to Columbus. A bit later the Wild looked every bit worthy of a spot, defeating the league's best team. The Wild tied it on Ryan Suter's goal with 1:05 remaining in regulation, then defeated the visiting Bruins 4-3 in a shootout. Boston leads the league with 114 points and 50 regulation or overtime victories.

Game highlights: Darren Helm scored the go-ahead goal 3:33 into the third to inch Detroit closer to a playoff berth with a 4-2 win at Buffalo. It was coach Mike Babcock's 414th win with the Red Wings, passing Jack Adams for the franchise record. ... Ryan Johansen took a pass from James Wisniewski and scored on a wrist shot at 3:33 of overtime to lead the host Blue Jackets past the Coyotes 4-3 as Columbus tied a franchise record with its 41st victory. The result eliminated Ottawa from playoff contention. ... Brad Richards had two power-play goals and fellow former Lightning star Marty St. Louis had three assists as the host Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. New York clinched a playoff berth Monday when New Jersey lost; Carolina was eliminated. ... Alex Ovechkin became the 11th player with five 50-goal seasons as the visiting Capitals kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Blues 4-1.

Canucks fire GM Gillis

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Canucks fired president and general manager Mike Gillis, a day after the team was eliminated from playoff contention.

Gillis took over from Dave Nonis after the 2007-08 season. Vancouver reached the 2011 Stanley Cup final before losing to Boston, and has steadily declined since.

The Canucks lost in the first round of the playoffs for two straight seasons and now will miss out for the first time since 2008. Their fans chanted for Gillis to be fired Monday as the Canucks lost 3-0 at home to Anaheim.

Flyers 0 4 1 5 at Panthers 0 0 2 2

First Period-None. Penalties-Shore, Fla, double minor (high-sticking), 13:51; Upshall, Fla (slashing), 16:11.

Second Period-1, Philadelphia, Lecavalier 20 (Hall), 2:02. 2, Philadelphia, Giroux 26 (Grossmann, L.Schenn), 6:29. 3, Philadelphia, Giroux 27 (Streit, Hartnell), 8:50. 4, Philadelphia, Couturier 11 (Coburn, Read), 15:03. Penalties-None.

Third Period-5, Florida, Gudbranson 3 (Upshall, Trocheck), 1:14. 6, Florida, Huberdeau 9 (Winchester, Shore), 5:38. 7, Philadelphia, McGinn 4 (Lecavalier, Hall), 15:06. Penalties-Raffl, Phi (high-sticking), 11:57. Shots on Goal-Philadelphia 12-12-3-27. Florida 10-14-16-40. Power-play opportunities-Philadelphia 0 of 3; Florida 0 of 1. Goalies-Philadelphia, Mason 33-18-7 (40 shots-38 saves). Florida, Ellis 5-11-0 (27-22). A-12,487 (17,040). T-2:26. Referees-Dave Jackson, Justin St. Pierre. Linesmen-Pierre Racicot, Anthony Sericolo.

at Wild 2 0 1 0 4 Bruins 2 1 0 0 3 Wild wins shootout 1-0

First Period-1, Minnesota, Pominville 28 (Koivu, Parise), 1:05 (pp). 2, Boston, Smith 20, 3:00 (pp). 3, Boston, Bergeron 29 (Marchand, Chara), 10:28. 4, Minnesota, Pominville 29 (Moulson, Haula), 10:56. Penalties-Lucic, Bos (tripping), :41; Suter, Min (slashing), 2:07.

Second Period-5, Boston, Eriksson 9 (Campbell, Hamilton), 16:18 (pp). Penalties-Thornton, Bos (holding), 13:18; Fontaine, Min (tripping), 14:38.

Third Period-6, Minnesota, Suter 8 (Pominville, Koivu), 18:55. Penalties-Haula, Min (tripping), 6:56; Eriksson, Bos (high-sticking), 7:34; Moulson, Min (hooking), 8:11; Suter, Min (interference), 14:28.

Overtime-None. Penalties-None.

Shootout-Boston 0 (Bergeron NG, Smith NG, Marchand NG), Minnesota 1 (Parise NG, Koivu G, Pominville NG). Shots on Goal-Boston 6-9-7-2-24. Minnesota 9-4-5-6-24. Power-play opportunities-Boston 2 of 5; Minnesota 1 of 2. Goalies-Boston, Rask 35-15-6 (24 shots-21 saves). Minnesota, Bryzgalov 12-8-8 (24-21). A-18,893 (17,954). T-2:44. Referees-Graham Skilliter, Dan O'Rourke. Linesmen-Matt MacPherson, Kiel Murchison.

Senators 0 1 3 4 at Islanders 0 0 1 1

First Period-None. Penalties-Kassian, Ott (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:55; Gallant, NYI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:55; Kassian, Ott, major (fighting), 9:59; Gallant, NYI, major (fighting), 9:59; MacArthur, Ott (slashing), 11:52; Methot, Ott (interference), 15:53; Donovan, NYI (tripping), 19:07.

Second Period-1, Ottawa, Spezza 21 (E.Karlsson, Hemsky), 12:45 (pp). Penalties-Lee, NYI (roughing), 8:46; Persson, NYI (tripping), 12:14; Wiercioch, Ott (interference), 17:47; Martin, NYI (roughing), 17:47.

Third Period-2, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 25 (Czuczman, Bailey), :22. 3, Ottawa, Spezza 22 (Hemsky, Methot), 12:45. 4, Ottawa, Hemsky 13 (Michalek, Methot), 14:26. 5, Ottawa, Kassian 1 (Spezza, Condra), 19:48 (en). Penalties-Bailey, NYI (hooking), 8:26; E.Karlsson, Ott (slashing), 9:24; New York bench, served by Lee (too many men), 16:20. Shots on Goal-Ottawa 9-10-13-32. N.Y. Islanders 17-15-14-46. Power-play opportunities-Ottawa 1 of 5; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 3. Goalies-Ottawa, Anderson 24-16-8 (46 shots-45 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Nilsson 6-7-2 (31-28). A-12,922 (16,170). T-2:36. Referees-Tom Chmielewski, Greg Kimmerly. Linesmen-David Brisebois, Mark Shewchyk.

Red Wings 0 1 3 4 at Sabres 0 1 1 2

First Period-None. Penalties-Weber, Buf (delay of game), 1:34; Helm, Det (goaltender interference), 3:57; Pysyk, Buf (hooking), 17:07.

Second Period-1, Buffalo, Girgensons 7 (Hodgson, Weber), 1:31. 2, Detroit, Smith 5 (Franzen, Alfredsson), 12:28. Penalties-Weber, Buf (boarding), 5:37; DeKeyser, Det (holding), 12:47; Abdelkader, Det (delay of game), 12:56; Flynn, Buf (holding), 18:36.

Third Period-3, Detroit, Helm 12 (Quincey), 3:33. 4, Detroit, Legwand 14 (Miller), 15:46. 5, Buffalo, Girgensons 8 (Hodgson, Pysyk), 17:49. 6, Detroit, Datsyuk 17, 19:55 (en). Penalties-Stewart, Buf (roughing), 1:11. Shots on Goal-Detroit 12-13-12-37. Buffalo 9-9-9-27. Power-play opportunities-Detroit 0 of 5; Buffalo 0 of 3. Goalies-Detroit, Howard 21-18-11 (27 shots-25 saves). Buffalo, Hackett 1-4-1 (36-33). A-18,710 (19,070). T-2:22. Referees-Dean Morton, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen-Scott Driscoll, Tim Nowak.

at Rangers 1 2 1 4 Hurricanes 1 0 0 1

First Period-1, Carolina, Dwyer 8 (Bellemore), 3:22. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Richards 19 (St. Louis, Stepan), 15:44 (pp). Penalties-Semin, Car (hooking), 15:35.

Second Period-3, N.Y. Rangers, Pouliot 14 (Zuccarello, Stralman), :50. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Richards 20 (Girardi, St. Louis), 13:36 (pp). Penalties-Skinner, Car (elbowing), 13:08.

Third Period-5, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 17 (St. Louis, Stralman), 4:38. Penalties-Faulk, Car (tripping), 10:26. Shots on Goal-Carolina 10-11-7-28. N.Y. Rangers 10-11-15-36. Power-play opportunities-Carolina 0 of 0; N.Y. Rangers 2 of 3. Goalies-Carolina, Ward 9-12-6 (36 shots-32 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 32-24-5 (28-27). A-18,006 (18,006). T-2:15. Referees-Gord Dwyer, Brad Watson. Linesmen-Greg Devorski, Brian Murphy.

at Blue Jackets 1 1 1 1 4 Coyotes 2 0 1 0 3

First Period-1, Columbus, Jenner 15 (Horton, Johansen), 8:15. 2, Phoenix, Erat 3 (Vrbata, Chipchura), 13:32. 3, Phoenix, Doan 21 (Stone, Yandle), 17:53. Penalties-None.

Second Period-4, Columbus, Letestu 10 (Anisimov), 5:25. Penalties-Dubinsky, Clm (cross-checking), 6:08; Erat, Pho (hooking), 8:24; Chipchura, Pho, major (fighting), 18:45; Tropp, Clm, major (fighting), 18:45.

Third Period-5, Columbus, Comeau 5 (MacKenzie, Anisimov), 13:42. 6, Phoenix, Ekman-Larsson 15 (Ribeiro, Boedker), 19:45. Penalties-Wisniewski, Clm (cross-checking), 6:21.

Overtime-7, Columbus, Johansen 32 (Wisniewski), 3:33. Penalties-None. Shots on Goal-Phoenix 10-7-15-0-32. Columbus 4-11-14-1-30. Power-play opportunities-Phoenix 0 of 2; Columbus 0 of 1. Goalies-Phoenix, Greiss 9-7-5 (30 shots-26 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky 30-20-5 (32-29). A-16,289 (18,144). T-2:36. Referees-Brian Pochmara, Wes McCauley. Linesmen-Derek Amell, Steve Barton.

Capitals 1 2 1 4 at Blues 0 1 0 1

First Period-1, Washington, Ovechkin 50 (Carlson, Ward), 17:54 (pp). Penalties-Roy, StL (hooking), 16:23.

Second Period-2, St. Louis, Lapierre 9 (Ott, Reaves), 2:39. 3, Washington, Grabovski 13 (Fehr, Holtby), 8:52. 4, Washington, Backstrom 16 (Ovechkin, Orlov), 18:50. Penalties-Kuznetsov, Was (hooking, throwing stick), 7:09; Shattenkirk, StL (slashing), 7:48; Bouwmeester, StL (hooking), 13:01; Strachan, Was (cross-checking), 15:55; Schwartz, StL (holding stick), 19:07.

Third Period-5, Washington, Backstrom 17 (Ovechkin, Carlson), :16 (pp). Penalties-Ward, Was (hooking), 14:56; Colaiacovo, StL (high-sticking), 19:56. Shots on Goal-Washington 7-13-2-22. St. Louis 9-11-9-29. Power-play opportunities-Washington 2 of 4; St. Louis 0 of 4. Goalies-Washington, Holtby 22-15-3 (29 shots-28 saves). St. Louis, Miller 25-27-4 (22-18). A-17,447 (19,150). T-2:26. Referees-Steve Kozari, Brad Meier. Linesmen-Scott Cherrey, Steve Miller.

Playoff chase

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

East Pts GL ROW

Red Wings 90 3 33

Blue Jackets 89 3 36

Capitals 85 3 26

Devils 84 3 34

West Pts GL ROW

yWild* 96 2 34

Stars* 87 4 35

Coyotes 87 3 30

Predators* 81 4 33

yClinched playoff spot.*Late game not included.

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