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WILD BOUNCES BACK, WINS ITS WAY INTO POSTSEASON

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DENVER - A night after gagging away a chance to clinch its first playoff spot in five years, the Wild got the win it needed Saturday, 3-1 over the Avalanche in its regular-season finale.

Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie for Minnesota, which the night before, needing a win to clinch, lost to the Oilers 6-1.

"We did it the hard way, but it doesn't matter," said defenseman Ryan Suter, one of the Wild's two big offseason free agent signings - forward Zach Parise was the other - who, with contracts totalling $196 million, were expected to put Minnesota back in Stanley Cup contention.

Parise scored and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added an empty-net goal for the Wild, which earned the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and faces top-seeded Chicago in the first round of the postseason.

Ryan O'Reilly had the lone goal for Colorado, which finished in last place in the West.

The rest of the West: With the final two playoff spots up for grabs as almost all teams finished the regular season, the Red Wings advanced for the 22nd straight season with a 3-0 win over the host Stars. They get the seventh seed. That win, combined with the Wild win, left the Blue Jackets out in the cold, though they got three third-period goals to beat the visiting Predators 3-1. Going into the night, the Blue Jackets were tied for eighth with Minnesota, each with 53 points, but Minnesota had the tiebreaker (nonshootout wins). ... The host Blues earned the fourth seed and home-ice advantage for the first round by defeating the Blackhawks 3-1. Chicago, which already had clinched the top seed, rested 10 regulars, including Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp. The decision took Kane out of contention for the league scoring title. He started the day three points behind eventual winner Marty St. Louis of the Lightning.

In the East: The Bruins need to win the last game of the regular season today to claim the Northeast Division title, and the second seed in the conference, after wasting a two-goal lead and losing 3-2 to the host Capitals in overtime. The Bruins host the Senators today in a game rescheduled because of the Boston Marathon bombings. Boston entered Saturday tied for first in the division with the Canadiens, who beat Toronto 4-1 in their finale to grab a one-point lead in the standings. ... The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin didn't score against the Bruins, but his 32 goals still were enough to give him the league title, by three over the Lightning's Steven Stamkos. ... The host Senators lost to the Flyers 2-1 and finished the day in eighth. They can end the season in seventh if they pick up a point today. ... The Rangers avoided the eighth seed and a first-round matchup with the Penguins with a 4-0 win over the visiting Devils. By the end of the day, they were locked into the sixth spot and a meeting with the Capitals. ... James Neal scored three goals and had four points in his first game back from a concussion and the host Penguins snapped a two-game skid with an 8-3 victory over the Hurricanes.

Around the league: The Stars will replace general manager Joe Nieuwendyk on Monday with Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill, media reports said. The Stars missed the playoffs this season for a fifth consecutive year. ... The Capitals signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $5 million contract extension. Neuvirth, 25, ranks third in wins in franchise history with 55, but he has become the backup this season to Braden Holtby.

Wild 1 1 1 3 at Avalanche 1 0 0 1

First Period-1, Minn, Parise 18 (Coyle, Koivu), 6:42. 2, Colo, O'Reilly 6 (Landeskog, Bordeleau), 18:07. Penalties-None.

Second Period-3, Minn, Setoguchi 13 (Gilbert, Cullen), 12:20 (pp). Penalties-O'Brien, Col (slash), 10:45.

Third Period-4, Minn, Bouchard 8 (Spurgeon, Clutterbuck), 19:56 (en). Penalties-Koivu, Min (roughing), 6:10; Bordeleau, Col (roughing), 9:14; Parenteau, Col (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:19. Shots on Goal-Minn 16-10-7-33. Colo 4-11-15-30. Power-play opportunities-Minn 1 of 3; Colo 0 of 1. Goalies-Minn, Backstrom 24-15-3 (30 shots-29 saves). Colo, Varlamov 11-21-3 (32-30).

Canadiens 1 2 1 4 at Maple Leafs 1 0 0 1

First Period-1, Toronto, Kessel 20 (Phaneuf, Franson), 15:36 (pp). 2, Montreal, Eller 8 (Gallagher, Galchenyuk), 18:01. Penalties-Subban, Mon (delay of game), 7:53; Kostka, Tor (interference), 12:08; Markov, Mon (roughing), 14:57.

Second Period-3, Montreal, Markov 10 (Eller), 4:19. 4, Montreal, Gallagher 15 (Eller, Markov), 9:18. Penalties-Diaz, Mon (tripping), 6:19; Ryder, Mon (holding), 12:21; Bourque, Mon (slashing), 18:08; Toronto bench, served by MacArthur (too many men), 19:30.

Third Period-5, Montreal, Plekanec 14 (Prust, Gorges), 2:25. Penalties-McLaren, Tor (roughing, charging), 3:05; Markov, Mon (hooking), 3:39; Gallagher, Mon (interference), 9:02; MacArthur, Tor (slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:32; Subban, Mon (high-sticking), 17:15; Phaneuf, Tor (cross-checking), 20:00. Shots on Goal-Montreal 9-11-8-28. Toronto 6-1-10-17. Power-play opportunities-Montreal 0 of 6; Toronto 1 of 7. Goalies-Montreal, Budaj 8-1-1 (17 shots-16 saves). Toronto, Reimer 19-8-5 (23-19), Scrivens (2:25 third, 5-5).

Flyers 1 0 1 2 at Senators 0 1 0 1

First Period-1, Phila, Akeson 1 (Giroux), 3:46. Penalties-Couturier, Phi (hooking), 9:07; Briere, Phi (interference), 17:05.

Second Period-2, Ottawa, Turris 11 (Greening, Phillips), 4:35. Penalties-Rosehill, Phi (roughing), 2:28; Condra, Ott (hooking), 8:48; Michalek, Ott (interference), 17:30; Hartnell, Phi (tripping), 17:51.

Third Period-3, Phila, Voracek 22 (Gustafsson, Mason), 10:02. Penalties-Rosehill, Phi, misconduct, 1:13; Lauridsen, Phi, misconduct, 1:13; Neil, Ott, misconduct, 1:13; Kassian, Ott, misconduct, 1:13; Voracek, Phi (tripping), 10:27. Shots on Goal-Phila 5-10-10-25. Ottawa 14-15-15-44. PP opportunities-Phila 0 of 2; Ottawa 0 of 5. Goalies-Phila, Mason 7-8-1 (44 shots-43 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 12-9-2 (25-23).

at Penguins 1 2 5 8 Hurricanes 0 3 0 3

First Period-1, Pitts, Malkin 9 (Neal, Fleury), 10:49 (pp). Penalties-E.Staal, Car (slashing), 9:32; Martin, Pit (delay of game), 11:04; Murray, Pit (holding), 15:57.

Second Period-2, Pitts, Neal 19 (Letang, Kunitz), 4:10. 3, Carolina, Westgarth 1 (Tlusty, E.Staal), 12:30. 4, Pitts, Jokinen 12 (Pa.Dupuis, Iginla), 16:10. 5, Carolina, Ruutu 4 (Jo.Staal, Dwyer), 17:14. 6, Carolina, Westgarth 2 (McBain, E.Staal), 17:51. Penalties-Iginla, Pit (hooking), 1:04; Ruutu, Car (tripping), 2:08.

Third Period-7, Pitts, Neal 20 (Malkin, Martin), 1:36 (pp). 8, Pitts, Neal 21 (Malkin, Kunitz), 4:14. 9, Pitts, Morrow 12 (Bra.Sutter, Cooke), 5:24. 10, Pitts, Cooke 8 (Morrow, Martin), 15:43. 11, Pitts, Jokinen 13 (Iginla, Letang), 19:11. Penalties-Ja.Staal, Car (goaltender interference), :45; Morrow, Pit (high-sticking), 10:56. Shots on Goal-Carolina 5-16-9-30. Pitts 11-14-10-35. Power-play opportunities-Carolina 0 of 4; Pitts 2 of 3. Goalies-Carolina, J.Peters 4-11-1 (35 shots-27 saves). Pitts, Fleury 23-8-0 (30-27).

at Blue Jackets 0 0 3 3 Predators 0 1 0 1

First Period-None. Penalties-Clune, Nas (roughing), 8:40; Umberger, Clm (roughing), 8:40.

Second Period-1, Nashville, Weber 9 (Legwand, Rask), 8:29. Penalties-None.

Third Period-2, Columbus, Dubinsky 2 (Gaborik, Prospal), 10:09 (pp). 3, Columbus, Johnson 5 (Atkinson, Prout), 15:12. 4, Columbus, Atkinson 9 (Comeau, Dubinsky), 19:30 (en). Penalties-Gill, Nas (interference), 2:14; Mueller, Nas (holding), 9:05. Shots on Goal-Nashville 9-6-5-20. Columbus 14-8-25-47. Power-play opportunities-Nashville 0 of 0; Columbus 1 of 2. Goalies-Nashville, Mason 1-7-1 (46 shots-44 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky 21-11-6 (20-19).

Red Wings 1 0 2 3 at Stars 0 0 0 0

First Period-1, Detroit, Zetterberg 10 (Abdelkader, Datsyuk), 18:17. Penalties-None.

Second Period-None. Penalties-Kronwall, Det (holding), 9:44; Cole, Dal (interference), 10:10; B.Smith, Det (tripping), 11:37; Garbutt, Dal, double minor (high-sticking), 15:01; B.Smith, Det, double minor (roughing), 20:00; Fiddler, Dal (roughing), 20:00.

Third Period-2, Detroit, Zetterberg 11 (Datsyuk), 1:57 (sh). 3, Detroit, Ericsson 3 (Datsyuk, Zetterberg), 6:30. Penalties-Garbutt, Dal (slashing), 11:27; Dallas bench, served by R.Smith (too many men), 18:21. Shots on Goal-Detroit 18-8-11-37. Dallas 9-4-4-17. Power-play opportunities-Detroit 0 of 4; Dallas 0 of 3. Goalies-Detroit, Howard 21-13-7 (17 shots-17 saves). Dallas, Bachman 6-5-0 (37-34).

at Blues 0 2 1 3 Blackhawks 0 0 1 1

First Period-1, St.L, Berglund 17 (McDonald, Tarasenko), 4:33. 2, St.L, Schwartz 6 (Backes, Russell), 17:24. Penalties-Shattenkirk, StL (roughing), 5:19; Brookbank, Chi (tripping), 18:11.

Second Period-3, St.L, Schwartz 7 (Backes), 8:39. Penalties-Stanton, Chi (high-sticking), 10:39.

Third Period-4, Chi, Smith 1 (Morin, Hayes), 8:23. Penalties-Shattenkirk, StL (tripping), 9:09. Shots on Goal-Chi 6-10-7-23. St.L 9-12-7-28. Power-play opportunities-Chi 0 of 2; St.L 0 of 2. Goalies-Chi, Hutton 0-1-0 (28 shots-25 saves). St.L, Elliott 14-8-1 (23-22). at Capitals 0 0 2 1 3 Bruins 1 1 0 0 2

First Period-1, Boston, Lucic 7 (Krejci), 9:59. Penalties-None.

Second Period-2, Boston, Ference 4 (Peverley, Lucic), 7:49. Penalties-Chimera, Was (holding), 2:56; Chara, Bos (hooking), 17:15.

Third Period-3, Wash, Green 11 (Brouwer, Ovechkin), 5:26 (pp). 4, Wash, Green 12 (Ribeiro, Ovechkin), 7:21 (pp). Penalties-McQuaid, Bos (tripping), 5:11; Peverley, Bos (tripping), 6:27; McQuaid, Bos (interference), 8:13; Marchand, Bos (roughing), 17:28; Ovechkin, Was (roughing), 17:28; Green, Was (hooking), 18:21.

Overtime-5, Wash, Fehr 9 (Green, Ribeiro), 3:23 (pp). Penalties-Chara, Bos (hooking), 1:40. Shots on Goal-Boston 8-15-11-0-34. Wash 12-9-12-4-37. Power-play opportunities-Boston 0 of 2; Wash 3 of 5. Goalies-Boston, Rask 19-9-5 (37 shots-34 saves). Wash, Holtby 23-12-1 (34-32).

at Rangers 2 1 1 4 Devils 0 0 0 0

First Period-1, NYR, Stepan 18 (Callahan, Moore), 2:37. 2, NYR, Callahan 16 (Stepan), 19:01 (sh). Penalties-Hagelin, NYR (tripping), 4:36; Carter, NJ (tripping), 12:19; Pyatt, NYR (hooking), 18:43.

Second Period-3, NYR, Nash 20 (Richards), 17:23. Penalties-Powe, NYR (hooking), 5:52; Henrique, NJ (holding), 6:56; Zajac, NJ (hooking), 8:30; McDonagh, NYR (interference), 11:44.

Third Period-4, NYR, Nash 21 (Zuccarello, Richards), 5:30. Penalties-Zubrus, NJ (cross-checking), 6:29; Greene, NJ (delay of game), 6:35; Harrold, NJ (roughing), 12:56. Shots on Goal-NJ 8-5-7-20. NYR 9-7-5-21. Power-play opportunities-NJ 0 of 4; NYR 0 of 6. Goalies-NJ, Hedberg 6-10-3 (21 shots-17 saves). NYR, Lundqvist 24-16-3 (20-20).

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