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Wild win, clinch berth — Columbus eliminated

Apr 27, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold can breathe a sigh of relief. Everything didn’t go exactly according to plan, but the Wild will at least participate in the playoffs after signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter over the summer.

The Wild seemed like a lock to secure a playoff berth at one point, but they dropped nine of 13 contests from April 1-26 before finally coming through with a 3-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

Although, even their win against the worst team in the Western Conference wasn’t pretty. Colorado appeared to take a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but the goal was ultimately disallowed in a controversial decision.

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With Minnesota’s victory, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been eliminated. The two teams were tied in points, but the Wild claimed the tiebreaker (most regulation+overtime wins). The Blue Jackets were expected to have a horrendous season after trading away Rick Nash, but goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky led them in a surge that ultimately proved to be just a tad too late.

Minnesota will now play against the Presidents’ Trophy Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. The Wild have only made the playoffs in three other years and have never faced the Blackhawks in the postseason. They were the first team to beat Chicago this season — a 3-2 shootout win on Jan. 30 — but Chicago won their other two matches this season.

Chicago figures to be heavy favorites going into this series, but as we’ve seen before, anything can happen in the playoffs.

  1. jgreen1516 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Dont wanna be that guy…but they won 3-1

    • thomasvanek - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Next one was Empty net so it still would have mattered. Plus it gives momentum.

    • polegojim - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Don’t wanna be that guy… but that 200 million almost bought them … NOTHING… and they struggled against the team with the WORST record in the league tonight.

      That’s why most experienced play off organizations wouldn’t fork over that kind of cash for two players. You may be able to buy ‘superstars’… but it doesn’t mean you bought a Stanley Cup Championship.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:38 AM

        Irritable bowel syndrome getting you cranky again? That’s OK. I, and most Wild fans don’t mind because…… We’re going tot he playoffs!! Woohoo!!!!! About damn time! And if you love hockey, then that’s good news and you don’t care about how much your team’s owner spent to get two players who improved your team. We did better than last year, so we’re doing something right.

      • polegojim - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        I’m fine thanks MP… but don’t kid your self… and make no mistake… everyone in the Wild Org cares… everyone. You don’t spend 200 mil to barely make it in. That’s just Biz Economics 101 – you spend it for a grand slam – the whole deal.

        I have zero dislike for the Wild… and I’m glad the Wild are in the playoffs. For the fans sake, I hope they do well. For the long term interests of the Team and Org… they better get MUCH more than this our of that investment.

      • getadealdonealready - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        First of all when you bring in as many new pieces as this organization did, then have no training camp, and virtually no practice time in a shortened season you miss that ability to \ get players to A – learn the systems and B -gel on the ice the way you would want them to. The Wild’s best years are ahead of them, and for most knowledgeable fans this was set up to be our worst season in the next 5-7 years, with that in mind I’ll take a playoff berth and see what happens.

      • polegojim - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        @getadeal… no sir, no sir, NO SIR… not even remotely accurate.

        Then explain why they played BADLY… the last 10 GAMES of the season???

        Or maybe you feel that need MORE practice than… and entire HALF A SEASON???

        Sorry… I’m not buying that for a second.

      • rsmaggiemae - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        I live in Minnesota, and getting Parise and Suter were for the road ahead…
        they will be here 13 years so there is plenty of time to win..
        But, the Wild cannot beat the Hawks with only one line that can score 2 goals a game, as no one else seems able to score… We need another PMD that can score and Bouchard, Heatly and Brodziak should go plus a few more ..
        6-8 players want to win the cup but it looks like the rest of them just want to go to the first round and then its golf time.. I dont like the coach either, no gusto behind the bench.. he does not get the crowd going at a game… I want a Herb Brooks type coach with fire in his eyes and gives them heck when they screw up and fights for his team…
        We have so many very good prospects that we dont know what to do with them all and I am sure that maybe they might go for Vanek, as he lives here in the off season and having him with Pomanville would be good for the team…

        this team needs to be revamped once again along with the coach…
        Just my opinion

      • polegojim - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        I totally agree about your ‘line’ analysis… teams that aren’t rolling all 4 lines with threats and production, the playoffs will be short.

        But…. Suter and Parise were brought in for NOW… not down the road. Teams don’t pay 200 million for ‘future result’… they expect results immediately… and they picked up others who were supposed to augment the NOW results.

        Yes, it’s good they made it to the playoffs… but barely and limping. Not even remotely what was anticipated and expected.

  2. canucks30 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Blackhawks in 3.5

    • canucks30 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      In all seriousness, this is an opportunity for the Wild and Blackhawks to develop a rivalry with Minnesota switching divisions next season and Detroit moving East.

      • rsmaggiemae - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        No the rivaly should be with Winnipeg which is only 490 miles from Mpls and when you go to the game 1/4 of the arena is filled with Jets fans and now it will be more since they will be in our division Chgo should be #2 rivalry with Wild, but I would think the Blues would be the rivals with the Hawks

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      I’d be more worried about your match up with the sharks, I don’t see the Canucks coming out of that series.

  3. datsyukx13 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Kudos to Columbus I was hoping they would get in instead of the wild. Columbus should definitely be in the playoff picture next year. Congrats on the season.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Dito-see you in the east.

    • polegojim - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Exactly – Dats… the trade with Rangers produced well for both clubs – true Win Win.

      I’m enjoying seeing increased parity in the NHL, including seeing the Leafs playing in May.

      Also VERY cool to see ALL ORIGINAL 6 TEAMS in the playoffs… been a long time.

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Poor ‘Lumbus……. :'(

    At least maybe now they can attract a decent free agent or two. And don’t they have a ton of draft picks in the first round this year? 3.5 months ago you were the laughing stock of the league and now you were a contender! Keep your chins up BJs!

  5. jgreen1516 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    cant see wild doing much here maybe one game

  6. martysbetter - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Not sure how they decided the call on the ice was a no-goal, when you can clearly see the ref closest to the net call it a goal?

    Couple that with a completely unnecessary unsportsmanlike call in the 3rd period giving the Wild a 5 on 3 – the refs have been god awful this year.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Well according to NBC, Minnesota and Chicago are a rivalry so, ya know, ya wouldn’t want to miss out on a great rivalry like that in the first round!

      Probably doesn’t help that Minnesota draws better ratings and attendance than Columbus.

    • sectualvanilla - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      You are crying almost as much as Matt DOUCHEne was after the game. Honestly……don’t complain to the wild or their fans about bad calls this year.

  7. sprtsfan1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Not quite the rivalry yet, but with the realignment happening, we should see these two teams face off quite a bit and begin a rivalry hopefully as good as it was with the North Stars was. Here’s too a great series and the mighty Blackhawks coming out in top!

  8. mp1131211 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Yep better leave Zucker in the line up

    • mp1131211 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      *Yeo…. Auto correct

  9. profsudz - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Craig was owed a favor for being Bettman’s lapdog during the lock out

  10. bballnut50 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Hawks- Stars were major rivals in 70’s & 80 & 90’s till Stars left, now we start again, you all should know the history, playoffs-all bets are off in hockey..we made it and deserved to be in more than BJ, just want to get too Vancouver to kick that sad team to the curb…

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      How exactly do they deserve to be in more than Columbus? Because of a tie breaker?

      • getadealdonealready - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Because they actually have some talent on the roster, and won’t get outshot 4-1 in the series like CBJ do against almost eery team they play.

  11. prideonice - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Well, whether you wanted to be or not, you are that guy. I guess if they barely make the playoffs the next 12 year’s you can call those contracts stupid. Wild are playing a lot of very young guys getting their first taste of the NHL. Things are only going to get better for this team…sorry to disappoint everyone.

  12. ashtongronholz8 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Any intelligent hockey fan realizes u can’t buy the cup. Ur an idiot. It’s about buying a solid base

  13. jacketsfan7 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    This fills me with such pride to say I’m a blue jackets fan , and everyone doubted them , I’m glad parise/suter and the wild are in as well as the red wings , congrats on 22 years and still going:) but still Columbus has a lot to be proud of

  14. joeyashwi - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Congrats on the great run Columbus! The Blue Jackets and their fans should be proud.
    As a Wild fan I’m still disgusted by the NHL and its refs. We are down two of our best players because of cheap shots and the two guys that did it are out skating for their teams. From now on, if a player is injured by a cheap shot, the offending player should be forced to be out until the injured player returns. This team would be much better with Heatley and Pominville in the lineup. It’s nice to make the playoffs but it’s next year I’m looking forward to. Great job Minny and Jackets!

  15. billobrienschindimple - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Is Howson now done screwing over the Jackets?

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