PREDS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH

Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 10:41pm

Greg de Vries scored at 4:01 of the third period to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, which combined with a Vancouver loss, put the Preds in the playoffs.

Edmonton beat Vancouver 2-1 on Thursday night, putting the Predators in the playoffs. Nashville still has one game left against Chicago on Saturday.

Jerred Smithson scored in the first period to give the Predators a 1-0 lead, but St. Louis took a 2-1 advantage in the second period when Jay McClement and David Backes scored just minutes apart.

J.P. Dumont then scored for Nashville to tie the game 2-2 heading into the final period.

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By: GenSpecific on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good game and we are in! Now we just have to lose in regulation tomorrow to ensure that we play Detroit instead of San Jose.