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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The postseason just got a little Wild

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Wild 4, Bruins 3 (SO)
* Wild: 5-0-1 in last six games, clinch playoff berth with win.
* Jason Pominville (MIN): Two goals (third multi-goal game this season); no goals in previous seven games.
* Bruins: 114 points (most in NHL).

Stars 3, Predators 2 (SO)
* Tyler Seguin: Game-deciding goal in fourth round of SO; second SO goal this season (2-7).
* Stars: 89 points, hold second Western Conference Wild Card (two points ahead of Coyotes).
* Jamie Benn (DAL): Goal (34); third straight game with a goal.
* Predators: Rliminated from playoffs with loss.

Blue Jackets 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)
* Ryan Johansen (CBJ): Second GW OT goal this season (Mar. 29 vs CAR).
* Blue Jackets: 89 points, hold second Eastern Conference Wild Card; 4-1-1 in last 6 games.
* Coyotes: 0-2-3 in last five games.

Red Wings 4, Sabres 2
* Red Wings: 90 points, hold first of two Eastern Conference Wild Card spots.
* Red Wings: 4-0 vs Sabres this season.
* Red Wings: Three goals in third period.
* Mike Babcock (DET): 414th win with team; most in franchise history.

Flyers 5, Panthers 2
* Flyers: Clinch playoff berth with win (17th appearance in last 19 seasons).
* Flyers: Outscored FLA 4-0 in second period (entered with minus-12 goal differential in second period this season).
* Claude Giroux (PHI): Two goals (had two in previous 15 games).
* Vincent Lecavalier (PHI): Goal, assist; reaches 20-goal mark for 13th time in 15-year career.

Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1
* Rangers: Won 11 of last 12 games versus Hurricanes.
* Rangers: 8-2-1 in last 11 games overall.
* Brad Richards (NYR): Two PPG; reaches 20-goal mark for 10th time in 13 NHL seasons.
* Martin St. Louis (NYR): Three assists; first three-point game as member of Rangers.

Capitals 4, Blues 1
* Capitals: First win in regulation since March 18.
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): Goal, two assists; fifth season with 50+ goals (most among active players, t-6th all-time)
* Nicklas Backstrom (WSH): Two goals, second multi-goal game this season and first since Nov. 1.
* Blues: Lost 3 straight for first time all season

Most 50-Goal Seasons in First 9 Seasons - NHL History

Mike Bossy 9
Wayne Gretzky 8
Guy Lafleur 6
Alex Ovechkin 5
Brett Hull 5