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Blues beat Canucks 4-0, clinch playoff spot

St. Louis Blues' Kyle Brodziak, right, scores past Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, left and defenseman Ben Hutton (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 25, 2016, in St. Louis.

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Brian Elliott made 15 saves for his third straight shutout and the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Friday night to clinch a playoff spot and tie Dallas for the Central Division lead.

Robby Fabbri had a goal and an assist, Kyle Brodziak, Fabbri, Carl Gunnarsson and Joel Edmundson also scored, and Paul Stastny had two assists.

Elliott hasn't allowed a goal since returning from a lower-body injury March 19.

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The Canucks have a seven-game winless streak at 0-6-1, their longest streak since January and February in 2014. They have been shut out in four of their last five games.

Brodziak opened the scoring with a short-handed goal midway through the first period. Vancouver's Linden Vey's drop pass entering the St. Louis zone was intercepted by Scottie Upshall, who found Brodziak on an odd-man rush for the tip in. It was Brodziak's second short-handed goal of the season and the third for the Blues.

Fabbri made it 2-0 late in the first with his ninth point in his last nine games.

Elliott kept the Canucks off the board with a pad save on Jannik Hansen's breakaway early in the first and a stick and glove save on Chris Higgins' breakaway late in the period.

Dan Hamhuis almost got the Canucks on the board in the opening minute of the second period with a slap shot from the point, but a review of the play showed the puck hit both posts and never went in.

Gunnarsson made it 3-0 late in the second, and Edmundson scored his first career goal at 12:15 of the third.

Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves.

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NOTES: Blues D Jay Bouwmeester (upper body) did not play won't play against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. He was replaced in the lineup by D Robert Bortuzzo. ... The Blues recalled D Petteri Lindbohm on Thursday from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. ... Canucks F Derek Dorsett (upper body) returned to the lineup after a five-game absence.

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