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Elliott's shutout helps Blues clinch playoff berth

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Brian Elliott (15 saves) had his third consecutive shutout to lead the St. Louis Blues to their ninth victory in 11 games and clinch their fifth consecutive playoff berth.

* At 44-22-9 (97 points), the Blues also moved pulled even with the idle Dallas Stars (44-22-9, 97 points) in terms of points for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. Dallas holds the ROW tiebreaker (DAL: 42, STL: 39).

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Carlson scores in OT, Capitals defeat Devils

New Jersey rookie Wedgewood falls short of second straight shutout

by Mike G. Morreale / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Defenseman John Carlson made a triumphant return to the lineup when he scored with 2:43 remaining in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 1-0 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

Carlson, born in Massachusetts but who spent much of his childhood in New Jersey growing up a fan of Hockey Hall of Fame member and Devils defenseman Scott Stevens, took a pass from Jason Chimera in the right circle and scored on a slap shot against rookie goaltender Scott Wedgewood for his first goal since Dec. 16.

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Capitals' Carlson expected to return against Devils

Oshie doubtful with flu as Washington tries to move closer to Presidents' Trophy

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

CAPITALS (52-15-5) at DEVILS (36-31-7)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, MSG, NHL.TV

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Washington Capitals can move closer to the second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history with a win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

Capitals defenseman John Carlson is expected to return to the lineup after missing the past 13 games because of a lower-body injury. Right wing T.J. Oshie has the flu and is doubtful. Oshie is the second-leading scorer on Washington with a career-high 23 goals.

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