Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Devin Setoguchi scored the game-winner in the
second period, as the Minnesota Wild clinched their first postseason berth
since 2008 with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at Pepsi
Zach Parise and Pierre-Marc Bouchard each scored once, while Niklas Backstrom
stopped 29 shots for the Wild (26-19-3), who finished the season with 55
points to secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Minnesota finished tied with Columbus, which downed Nashville earlier on
Saturday, but the Wild will be the ones heading to the playoffs, as they
hold the tiebreaker with 22 regulation and overtime victories.
The Wild, who were embarrassed by a 6-1 count against Edmonton at home on
Friday, will face the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in the first round when
the postseason gets underway.
Ryan O'Reilly registered the lone Colorado goal, while Semyon Varlamov made 30
saves for the Avalanche, who lost two of their final three games to finish
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