It wasn't a cinch, but it's a clinch.
The Vancouver Canucks booked their ticket to the 2013 NHL Playoffs by beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in a shootout Saturday night at Rogers Arena.
Maxim Lapierre was the only Canucks player to score in the shootout and Cory Schneider did his part at the other end of the ice stoning all three shooters to extend Vancouver's home winning streak to seven games.
Alex Edler opened the scoring on the power play 12:15 into the first period before Cory Emmerton snuck a puck past Schneider with 21 seconds remaining in the frame to knot the game up at 1-1 after 20 minutes.
The Canucks and Red Wings played 25 minutes of scoreless hockey throughout the second and third periods and overtime, which was just fine with Vancouver needing only a single point to secure a playoff spot.
Schneider finished with 33 saves in another sensational performance.
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