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NHL: 4 stories from Thursday night

04/03/2015 01:09 EDT | Updated 06/02/2015 05:59 EDT
The Jets and Flames clinched playoff spots while the Senators grabbed the wild card and the Canadiens' Carey Price passed two legends to set a new record.

Here are four stories from Thursday night

Return of the "White-Out"

For the first time since 1996, Winnipeg will host a Stanley Cup playoff game this season.

Despite losing 1-0 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche, the Jets clinched a playoff spot as the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. Winnipeg has 97 points and sit in the second wild card spot in the west.

It was a tight game against Colorado with the most exciting plays coming at the hands of Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec and Avs goalie Reto Berra, who made 41 saves.

A bit of bad news for Winnipeg as Jets forward Mathieu Perreault left the game in the second period and did not return due to an upper-body injury.

Flames eliminate Kings

With a win over the Kings, Calgary is headed to the post-season for the first time since 2009. They hold on to third place in the Pacific Division with 97 points.

The Kings were eliminated from playoff contention, becoming the first reigning Stanley Cup champions to miss the post-season since the Hurricanes in 2006-07. 

Calgary's Jiri Hudler scored his career-high 30th goal of the season in the first period and followed it up with a new career-high mark, netting No. 31 in the third.

Senators earn wild card spot

The Senators dominated as they blanked the Rangers 3-0 to grab the first wild card spot in the east, vaulting ahead of the Bruins and Penguins.

Ottawa has 97 points, sitting one ahead of Pittsburgh and two ahead of Boston. The Senators have chased the Bruins for weeks, finally overtaking them as Boston lost 4-2 to the Panthers in other action.

The Senators can secure their playoff future with a win or by taking the Flyers to overtime in their final game of the season. They have gone 22-4-4 since Feb. 10 when they were 14 points out of the wild card.

Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond improved his record to 19-1-2, making 26 saves including an incredible stop on the Rangers' Kevin Hayes.

Price sets win record

The Canadiens' Carey Price made history, recording his 43rd win of the season as Montreal beat the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime. 

Price passed Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante to set a new record for most wins by a Canadiens' goalie in a regular season. 

His teammates celebrated with the old shaving cream on the towel move.

By forcing overtime, the Red Wings earned one point, enough to clinch a playoff spot. Detroit has 98 points and sits in third place in the Atlantic Division.

In other NHL action, the Vancouver Canucks kept pace with the Flames, defeating the Coyotes 5-0 to increase to 99 points and maintain their hold on second spot in the Pacific Division.

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