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Canucks clinch playoff berth (plus Kings’ spot) with shootout win

Apr 21, 2013, 1:16 AM EST

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The Vancouver Canucks punched their playoff ticket – along with the Los Angeles Kings’ – with a 2-1 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Cory Schneider earned his 16th win of 2013. He made 33 out of 34 saves on Saturday compared to Jimmy Howard (who was only asked to stop 13 out of 14 pucks). Cory Emmerton scored for the Red Wings while Alex Edler found the net for Vancouver.

The Canucks improved their Northwest Division lead over the Minnesota Wild from four points to six tonight, although the Wild hold a game in hand (Minnesota has four games remaining to Vancouver’s three). Meanwhile, the Red Wings missed a chance to leap over the Columbus Blue Jackets for eighth place in the West. Here’s what the West’s fringe looks like:

7. Minnesota – 51 points with four games left (20 regulation/overtime wins)
8. Columbus – 49 points with three games left (16 ROW)
9. Detroit – 48 points with four games left (18 ROW)
10. Dallas – 47 points with four games left (20 ROW)
11. Phoenix – 46 points with four games left (15 ROW)

More and more, the Stars’ final two contests of 2013 might just determine the West’s finish. Dallas hosts the Blue Jackets on April 25 and then finishes the season against the Red Wings at home.

  1. thehighcountrybear - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Man, it was so quiet in Rogers Arena tonight you could’ve heard a ferry running aground out in the Strait!

    Great effort Wings, determined, hard skating, worthy of more than was given in the end to be sure. Nice bounce-back by Jimmy…hold it together you’ll be fine. Work that poke check, yah!

    Time to rethink shootout re Brunner and Zetterberg, they’ve completely lost the plot…where’s Bertuzzi when you need the big fella? Drag him out in a wheel chair if you have to, anything’s better than what we saw in that shootout, anything.

    Three of the remaining four will do it, two may be good enough…

  2. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Go wings! One point will help

  3. blomfeld - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    “LET THEM FIGHT OVER THE SCRAPS”

    Congrats to the league’s “3rd” best goaltender and his excellent performance tonight! As I’ve been maintaining all along friends, Cory Schneider is “good people” and he’s the sole reason why the Canucks were invited to the dance tonight … make no mistake about it. Regardless, nobody gives a hoot about this “flotsam” bringing up the rear (ie: Minnesota, Columbus, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix). All the people “want and need” to know at this point, is exactly “when” do the Kings decide to put her into turbo-charge ? :)

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Cory Schneider
    4) Ryan Miller
    5) Carey Price

    28) Henrik Lundqvist
    29) Ilya Bryzgalov
    30) Roberto Luongo

  4. barroomhero80 - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    GO KINGS GO

  5. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Get ready to start your engines…..

  6. jpat2424 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Booooo!!!!

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