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The Seattle Thunderbirds are the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs after they beat the Tri-City Americans 6-1 at the Toyota Center and the Portland Winterhawks beat the Everett Silvertips 5-4 in a shootout Sunday night.

Seattle (41-25-2-4) and Everett (39-23-7-3) both have 88 points, but Seattle has more total victories.

The T-birds and Silvertips open their best-of-seven series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at ShoWare Center.

Game 2 is at Everett at 4:05 p.m. Sunday. Game 3 is at 7:05 p.m. March 25 at Seattle and Game 4 is at 7:35 p.m. March 28 at Everett.

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This will be the first time the T-birds and Silvertips have met in a playoff series since Everett joined the WHL as an expansion team in the 2003-04 season.

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