Canucks become first Canadian team to clinch a 2024 Stanley Cup Playoff spot

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The Vancouver Canucks became the first Canadian team to clinch a spot in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday. Vancouver was postseason bound after the St. Louis Blues were upset 4-0 by the San Jose Sharks.

The Canucks are one of seven teams in the National Hockey League to have clinched a playoff spot. They are joined by the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche.

This is Vancouver’s first Stanley Cup playoff spot since 2020. They have missed the playoffs the last three seasons. The last time Vancouver was postseason bound was in the 2020 bubble in Edmonton. The Canucks won the first round playoff series against the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in six games before losing the second round playoff series in seven games to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Canucks were the only team in the NHL on Easter Sunday to win a game, as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia thanks to two goals by Dakota Joshua. The Canucks are now at 46 wins, 20 regulation losses and eight losses in extra time for 100 points. Vancouver currently leads the second place Edmonton Oilers by six points in the Pacific Division.

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