Anaheim (36-26-4) at St. Louis (38-19-6)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Thu Mar 20, 2003
  • TV: ESPN
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ST. LOUIS (TICKER) —The St. Louis Blues can clinch their 24th consecutive playoff berth Thursday night when they host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

St. Louis has not missed postseason since going 18-50-12 in 1978-79. Since entering the league in 1967, the Blues have missed the playoffs just three times, while finishing first or second in their division 19 times.

St. Louis, which trails first-place Detroit by seven points in the Central Division and leads Colorado by two points for fourth place in the Western Conference, needs only one point to clinch its seventh playoff berth under coach Joel Quenneville.

The Blues are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1) and 8-3-1-1 in their last 13. Eric Boguniecki and Petr Cajanek scored 40 seconds apart early in the third period Tuesday as the Blues overcame an early two-goal deficit and posted a 6-4 victory over the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks.

Chris Osgood made 21 saves Tuesday in his first home game with the Blues. after making 35 in Saturday’s 1-0 win in Nashville

Anaheim has tied club records with 36 wins and 85 points. On Wednesday, Paul Kariya scored his franchise-best 300th career goal midway through the third period to forge a tie and Samuel Pahlsson netted the game-winner with 3 1/2 minutes remaining as the Mighty Ducks edged the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3.

Kariya had gone 10 games without a goal.

Petr Sykora also netted his sixth goal in eight games as the Ducks improved to 6-2-1 in their last nine games and remained tied for sixth place in the West with Minnesota.

Anaheim has ouscored St. Louis, 11-6, in winning the first three meetings this season, but the Blues lead the all-time series, 22-13-4.

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