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Flames clinch Stanley Cup Playoff berth

Become first team to qualify from Western Conference when Wild lose

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The Calgary Flames clinched a berth in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Minnesota Wild lost 3-2 in overtime to the New York Islanders on Sunday.

The Flames (44-21-7) are the first team from the Western Conference to clinch. They join the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Eastern Conference as teams with a playoff berth.

Calgary leads the San Jose Sharks by one point for first place in the Pacific Division.

The Flames, 10-5-0 in their past 15 games, have qualified for the playoffs three times in the past five seasons after failing to qualify five straight seasons from 2009-14. In their last appearance, they were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2017 Western Conference First Round.

The Flames have three players with at least 30 goals (Johnny Gaudreau, 34; Matthew Tkachuk, 32; Sean Monahan, 31), and four players with at least 73 points (Gaudreau, 91; Elias Lindholm, 77; Monahan, 76; Tkachuk, 73). Defenseman Mark Giordano has 67 points (14 goals, 53 assists).

Calgary leads the NHL with 105 third-period goals, 17 shorthanded goals and eight wins when trailing entering the third period.

The Flames host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, SNW, FS-O, NHL.TV).

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