Blackhawks clinch playoff berth

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Boston's Patrice Bergeron shoots the puck past New York Islanders goaltender Al Montoya during the third period of the Bruins' 6-3 victory over the Islanders.  PAUL J. BERESWILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Boston's Patrice Bergeron shoots the puck past New York Islanders goaltender Al Montoya during the third period of the Bruins' 6-3 victory over the Islanders.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brent Seabrook scored at 8:19 of the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched a playoff spot Saturday night, beating the Nashville Predators 5-4 after blowing a 4-0 lead.

BRUINS 6, ISLANDERS 3

In Uniondale, N.Y., Brad Marchand snapped a third-period tie with his team-leading 27th goal, and Boston ended New York’s minuscule postseason chances.

DEVILS 5, HURRICANES 0

In Raleigh, N.C., Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists, Martin Brodeur made 22 saves in his third shutout of the season and New Jersey clinched a playoff berth.

CAPITALS 3, CANADIENS 2 (SO)

In Washington, Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored in a shootout to help Washington beat Montreal, moving the Capitals two points ahead of Buffalo for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

LIGHTNING 3, JETS 2 (OT)

In Tampa, Fla., Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 56th goal of the season 45 seconds into overtime to lift Tampa Bay.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 3

In Toronto, Joey Crabb had a goal and an assist, Ben Scrivens made 29 saves and Toronto beat Buffalo to end a team-record 11-game home losing streak.

SENATORS 4, FLYERS 3 (SO)

In Philadelphia, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek had shootout goals to lift Ottawa.

WILD 4, KINGS 3 (SO)

In St. Paul, Minn., Erik Christensen and Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout and Minnesota beat Los Angeles.

BLUE JACKETS 5, BLUES 2

In St. Louis, R.J. Umberger scored twice, rookie goalie Allen York made it three wins in three career starts and Columbus made St. Louis need some help to clinch the Central Division, knocking off the Blues.

5-2 on Saturday night.


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