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Playoff bound! Avs clinch playoff berth for 4th-straight season

Colorado clinched a trip to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row with Thursday's win.

ST. LOUIS — Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Brandon Saad and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare added goals as the Colorado Avalanche clinched a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Colorado improved to 18-1-2 in its last 21 games.

The Avalanche are 8-1-0 in April after finishing a league-best 12-2-3 in March, franchise records for wins and points in a month.

The Avalanche are 5-1-0 against the Blues this season with a 20-11 scoring margin. Jaden Schwartz scored both goals for St. Louis.

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Colorado will return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fourth consecutive year, the longest streak for the franchise since making 11 straight trips from 1995 to 2006.

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Colorado Avalanche's Andre Burakovsky (95) looks to pass as St. Louis Blues' Vince Dunn (29) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 22, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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