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ST. LOUIS (AP) -Keith Tkachuk scored twice for the first time since opening night and added an assist, helping the St. Louis Blues clinch their first playoff berth in four seasons with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Andy McDonald and Tkachuk scored power-play goals on two of the Blues' first three shots for a fast start against Columbus, no doubt flat two days after making it into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The 37-year-old Tkachuk, by far the oldest of the Blues, enjoyed a season-best three-point night and has three goals and four assists the last three games.

Chris Mason contributed a solid night in goal in his 32nd consecutive start for the Blues, who got a chance to clinch in front a sellout crowd in their home finale after Nashville's 8-4 loss at Minnesota in its season finale.

Andy Murray won his 100th game in 2 1/2 seasons as Blues coach, guiding a team that has been the NHL's best the second half of the season at 24-9-7.

Jiri Novotny scored for Columbus.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Marc-Andre Bergeron scored twice and Minnesota set a season high for goals to top Nashville, eliminated from playoff contention a few minutes after the game when St. Louis beat Columbus.

Andrew Brunette, Kim Johnsson, Dan Fritsche, Mikko Koivu, Cal Clutterbuck and Marek Zidlicky also scored for the Wild, who needed Dallas to beat Anaheim in regulation later Friday night to remain in the playoff race.

The Wild will finish the regular season Saturday night at Columbus.

Jason Arnott scored twice, and Shea Weber and Steve Sullivan also scored for Nashville in the Predators' season finale.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Shawn Horcoff and Sheldon Souray each had a goal and two assists and Edmonton beat Calgary to give Chicago the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Ales Kotalik, Steve MacIntyre and Patrick O'Sullivan also scored for the Oilers, eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday night. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 31 saves in his first start since Nov. 30. Dwayne Roloson started the previous 36 games.

Michael Cammalleri scored for the Flames, two points behind Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead. Calgary played the game with only 15 skaters because of a recent series of injuries.

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