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Wild all but clinches berth

WINNIPEG — Charlie Coyle scored in the second period and Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves as the Wild defeated the Jets 1-0 Monday night.

Coyle's one-timer off a pass from Zach Parise at 1:05 of the second came just after a penalty to Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart had expired.

Minnesota closed in on a playoff berth in the Western Conference and needs just one point in its final three games, or have Phoenix drop one point in its final four games.

Bryzgalov wasn't bothered by a taunting crowd as the trade-deadline pickup from Edmonton got his fourth shutout this season.

Game highlights: Former Lightning goalie Karri Ramo had 31 saves for his second NHL shutout as the visiting Flames topped the Devils 1-0.

Around the league: Jets forward Evander Kane returned to the lineup, but neither the player nor coach Paul Maurice shed any light on why Kane was benched over the weekend in Toronto. Also, Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (torn muscle) is out for the season. … Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul needs knee surgery and is out for the rest of the regular season.

Wild 0 1 0 1
at Jets 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesParise, Min (tripping), 9:30; Stuart, Wpg (elbowing), 16:01; Stuart, Wpg (interference), 19:05.

Second Period1, Minnesota, Coyle 12 (Parise, Koivu), 1:05. PenaltiesParise, Min (tripping), 4:29; Minnesota bench, served by Niederreiter (too many men), 9:04; Tangradi, Wpg (hooking), 14:38.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesProsser, Min (hooking), 14:28. Shots on GoalMinnesota 6-7-4—17. Winnipeg 7-5-12—24. Power-play opportunitiesMinnesota 0 of 3; Winnipeg 0 of 4. GoaliesMinnesota, Bryzgalov 11-8-8 (24 shots-24 saves). Winnipeg, Hutchinson 0-1-0 (17-16). A15,004 (15,004). T2:17. Referees—Eric Furlatt, Ian Walsh. LinesmenMatt MacPherson, Bryan Pancich.

Flames 0 0 1 1
at Devils 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesCarter, NJ, double minor (high-sticking), 5:02; Ramo, Cal, served by Agostino (delay of game), 8:17; Bouma, Cal (tripping), 9:17; T.Zajac, NJ (interference), 9:31.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesCammalleri, Cal (hooking), :45; Carter, NJ (interference), 6:46; Merrill, NJ (slashing), 18:26.

Third Period1, Calgary, Giordano 14 (Hudler, Cammalleri), :23 (pp). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalCalgary 7-9-6—22. New Jersey 12-10-9—31. Power-play opportunitiesCalgary 1 of 5; New Jersey 0 of 3. GoaliesCalgary, Ramo 16-13-4 (31 shots-31 saves). New Jersey, Schneider 16-15-11 (22-21). A14,297 (17,625). T2:26. Referees—Wes McCauley, Brad Watson. LinesmenBrian Murphy, Mark Shewchyk.

Playoff chase

The top three teams in each division get berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals, regardless of division, get wild cards. Wild-card standings with points, games left (fewer games played is first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, second tiebreaker):

East Pts GL ROW

Red Wings 88 4 32

Blue Jackets 87 4 35

Devils 84 3 34

Maple Leafs 84 3 29

Capitals 83 4 25

West Pts GL ROW

Wild 94 3 34

Stars 87 4 35

Coyotes 86 4 30

Predators 81 4 33

Canucks* 81 4 30

* Late game not included.

Wild all but clinches berth 04/07/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 7, 2014 11:20pm]

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