Wild Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves, and the Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker scored in the third period for the Wild, who were coming off a 2-0 home loss to Winnipeg on Monday night. It was Zucker's first game since he broke his collarbone in the first period of a 5-3 victory over Vancouver on Feb. 9.
It was quite a turnaround from Minnesota's last visit to Chicago in January, when it lost 4-1 in the fifth game of a six-game slide. That losing streak dropped the Wild to 18-19-5, but they traded for Dubnyk on Jan. 14 and the veteran goaltender helped them turn their season around.
Bryan Bickell scored his 14th goal and Corey Crawford had 28 stops for the Blackhawks (48-26-6), who have lost two in a row.
Wild get F Zucker back for game against Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Jason Zucker is back in the lineup for Minnesota's game at Chicago after being sidelined since February with a broken collarbone.
Zucker has a career-high 18 goals and five assists in 48 games. He was expected to miss three months after he was hurt in the first period of a 5-3 victory over Vancouver on Feb. 9.
Wild coach Mike Yeo also says forward Matt Cooke also could return soon. Cooke has been sidelined since Feb. 1 due to a sports hernia.
The 36-year-old Cooke has four goals and four assists in 27 games.