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Bruins, Wolf Pack heading to playoffs

On Friday night, the Providence Bruins and Hartford Wolf Pack became the fifth and sixth teams out of the Eastern Conference to clinch berths in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Minutes after Providence had defeated Worcester, 5-1, and Hartford had shut out Springfield, 5-0, Binghamton finished off a 6-3 win over Albany, allowing both the Bruins and Wolf Pack to secure their postseason spots.

Providence (39-23-7-2, 87 points) is playoff-bound for the third straight year and the 18th time in its 23 seasons of play. The Bruins were Calder Cup champions in 1999, and have reached the Eastern Conference Finals five times.

Hartford (39-23-5-4, 87 points) returns to the playoffs for its first appearance since 2012, and first under the "Wolf Pack" name since 2009. The Pack won the Calder Cup in 2000.

Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs. For more information and daily updates on the playoff races, check out the official AHL Playoff Primer.