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Elliott's shutout helps Blues clinch playoff berth

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ELLIOTT POSTS THIRD STRAIGHT SHUTOUT TO HELP BLUES CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH
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 / NHL.com 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 / NHL.com 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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