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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

St. Louis Blues clinch playoff berth with 3-1 win over Colorado

The St. Louis Blues have clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night with two games remaining left in the regular season. The Blues will still be battling for positioning in the Western Conference. Right now the Blues sit in fifth place with a 27-17-2 record with 56 points and could finish as high as fourth place, which that would mean home-ice advantage in the first round. This will be the Blues' second straight playoff appearance and their third in their last eight seasons. From 1979 to 2004, the Blues reached the playoffs 25 consecutive times, but have never been able to win a Stanley Cup.

The power play was the story tonight for the Blues as Christ Stewart, a former member of the Avalanche, scored his 100th career goal to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the first period.

Two minutes into the second period Patrik Berglund added a power play goal to give the Blues a 2-0 lead as Berglund scored his first goal in 10 games with a redirect from Jay Bouwmeester. Three minutes later, Andy McDonald scored his sixth goal of the season as the Blues took a 3-0 lead.

The Avalanche's lone goal was credited to Cody McLeod with 4:47 left to go in the second period.

Brian Elliott got the win tonight for the Blues stopping 17 shots as he bounced back after a tough game Sunday night at Colorado, allowing four goals and getting pulled in the second period.

The Blues now only have two regular season games left against the Flames and Blackhawks both at home as they are still vying for home-ice advantage once the playoffs get underway.

It will sure be an exciting time in St. Louis as playoff hockey gets underway.