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Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne of Finalnd celebrates his second goal of the game during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 2-1. (Mark J. Terrill)
Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne of Finalnd celebrates his second goal of the game during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 2-1. (Mark J. Terrill)

Ducks, Coyotes and Predators capture West playoff spots Add to ...

The Western Conference playoff picture became clearer on Friday when Anaheim, Nashville and Phoenix all clinched post-season berths.

The Predators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1, the Coyotes topped San Jose 4-3 and the Ducks prevailed over Los Angeles 2-1 thanks to a pair of goals from Teemu Selanne.

Nashville (44-26-11) and Phoenix (43-25-13) each have a game to play and are tied for fourth on points but the Predators have the advantage with one additional win. Anaheim (46-30-5) are tied for seventh with Chicago but hold the tie-breaker with more wins.

Chicago, last season's Stanley Cup champions, need one point in their season finale, or a loss by the ninth-placed Dallas Stars, to clinch the West's final post-season spot.

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