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Clinching scenarios: Penguins can earn berth

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 11:32 AM / Expert Picks

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Clinching scenarios: Penguins can earn berth
The Pittsburgh Penguins can earn a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins would clinch an Eastern Conference berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the St. Louis Blues in any fashion AND the New Jersey Devils defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in any fashion OR if they defeat the St. Louis Blues in any fashion AND both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings lose in regulation to the New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild, respectively.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4