Minnesota Wild secure West's last playoff spot

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DENVER —Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots, helping the Minnesota Wild secure their first playoff spot in five years with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Minnesota's Matt Cullen (left) celebrates with Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Devin Setoguchi.  DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Minnesota's Matt Cullen (left) celebrates with Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Devin Setoguchi.

Zach Parise scored and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added a late empty-net goal for the Wild, who earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Chicago in the first round of the postseason.

RED WINGS 3, STARS 0

In Dallas, Detroit is headed to the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in a victory over the Stars.

Jimmy Howard made 17 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season as Detroit secured the seventh spot in the Western Conference.

BLUE JACKETS 3, PREDATORS 1

In Columbus, Ohio, Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left for Columbus, which despite the win, was eliminated from the playoff race.

RANGERS 4, DEVILS 0

In New York, the Rangers started the day eighth in the Eastern Conference. They finished it two spots higher, jumping over the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders into sixth place.

CAPITALS 3, BRUINS 2 (OT)

In Washington, Eric Fehr scored on a power play 3:23 into the extra period, and Washington, with nothing at stake, came back for a victory over Boston.

BLUES 3, BLACKHAWKS 1

In St. Louis, Brian Elliott made 22 saves and Jaden Schwartz had his first two-goal game and the Blues earned home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs by defeating Chicago.

PANTHERS 5, LIGHTNING 3

In Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for the Lightning to win the league scoring title in Tampa Bay’s loss to Florida in the season finale for two non-playoff teams.

PENGUINS 8, HURRICANES 3

In Pittsburgh, James Neal scored three goals in his first game back from a concussion and the Penguins snapped a two-game skid with a victory over Carolina.

FLYERS 2, SENATORS 1

In Ottawa, Jakub Voracek scored the winner, Steve Mason made 43 saves and Philadelphia closed out the season with a win.

CANADIENS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1

In Toronto, Lars Eller had a goal and two assists and Montreal sent Toronto a pre-playoff message.


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