The Minnesota Wild clinched the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with their win over the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. It will be their first trip in five years.
The teams went into the second period tied 1-1 and the Avalanche thought they broke the tie when a goal went in off Chuck Kobasew’s skate. A review recalled the goal, but replays from all angles showed Kobasew did not use a distinct kicking motion.
The Wild did break the tie when Devin Setoguchi scored a power play goal in the second period. Pierre-Marc Bouchard finished off the Avalanche with an empty net goal with four seconds left in the game.
They will meet top seed Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round. The Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets finished the season with 55 points, but the Wild had two more wins.
The Avalanche will miss the playoffs for the third year in a row and finish last in the Western Conference and 29th overall.