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Clinching scenarios: Spots for Pens, Hawks, Ducks?

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 10:45 AM / Expert Picks

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Clinching scenarios: Spots for Pens, Hawks, Ducks?
Penguins, Blackhawks and Ducks can clinch a berth in Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight if several scenarios play out.

* The Pittsburgh Penguins would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Phoenix Coyotes in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Coyotes AND either the Washington Capitals lose to the Los Angeles Kings in any fashion or the Columbus Blue Jackets lose to the Detroit Red Wings in regulation. If the Penguins lose to the Coyotes in regulation, they also would clinch a playoff berth if the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the St. Louis Blues in any fashion AND the Capitals lose to the Kings in regulation.

* The Chicago Blackhawks would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation AND the Coyotes lose to the Penguins in any fashion OR if they defeat the Stars in overtime or a shootout AND the Coyotes lose to the Penguins in regulation.

* The Anaheim Ducks (idle) would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if either the Coyotes or Stars lose in any fashion to the Penguins and Blackhawks, respectively.

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It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.

— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders