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April 8, 2014

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Karri Ramo made 31 saves to record his second NHL shutout as the Calgary Flames topped the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Monday, dealing a huge blow to the Devils’ playoff hopes.

Mark Giordano scored for Calgary, which has already been eliminated from the playoff race.

Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 22 shots for the Devils, who are three points behind Columbus for the last playoff spot in the East. New Jersey’s loss allowed the New York Rangers to clinch a playoff berth.

Neither the Flames nor Devils scored until Giordano’s power-play goal 23 seconds into the third as both teams were unable to take advantage of opportunities.

DUCKS 3, CANUCKS 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — John Gibson made 18 saves to record a shutout in his NHL debut as Anaheim eliminated Vancouver from playoff contention.

Daniel Winnik, Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey scored for Anaheim, which is three points ahead of San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division.

The 20-year-old Gibson wasn’t tested much but made a huge save on Niklas Jensen to preserve the shutout with about eight minutes gone in the third.

Eddie Lack stopped 20 shots in his 19th straight start for Vancouver since the Olympic break

WILD 1, JETS 0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored in the second period and Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as Minnesota defeated Winnipeg.

Coyle’s one-timer off a pass from Zach Parise at 1:05 of the second came just after a penalty to Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart had expired.

The Wild closed in on a playoff berth in the Western Conference with the win. Minnesota would need to lose its final three games and Phoenix would need to win four straight for the Wild to miss the playoffs.

The Jets’ Michael Hutchinson made 16 saves in his first career NHL start with regular backup Al Montoya still dealing with a lower-body injury.

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