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Cullen returns, so does offense in critical Wild 4-3 win

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Matt Cullen returned to the lineup Monday night and the Wild found their scoring touch again in their 4-3 win over Calgary. To state that those two points were big would be an understatement. After losing six of seven games and in the process shaking their playoff chances, the Wild have reclaimed the sixth seed in the Western Conference with six games to play.

"I don't think the game deserved to be as close as it was," said head coach Mike Yeo. "Certainly we can be better in a few areas but it was a good road win."

After being moved off the top line and onto the third, Jason Pominville scored a pair of goals in the win. Since joining the team he has four goals in six games and has provided some stability offensively as both Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise have struggled offensively. Koivu scored in the game as well, his first point in the month of April.

"I think we did a lot of good things to get the lead and to make it 4-1," said Pominville. "Unfortunately we kind of backed off a little bit and gave them a little room and let them make some plays. At the end though we found a way to stick with it and battle through and get two points."

The Wild with 49 points, sit just two points behind San Jose for fifth and two points ahead of Detroit for eighth.

"Big win, nice to put a few pucks in the net, important to put a few pucks in the net," said Cullen. "It definitely wasn't pretty we need to tighten up and as we head toward the playoffs we have to be a little bit better at closing out those games."

The Wild face Edmonton tonight before heading to San Jose Thursday night.

Team Points Games
Chicago 70  6
Anaheim 59  6
Vancouver 54  6
Los Angeles 52  6
San Jose 51  6
WILD 49  6
St. Louis 48  7
Detroit 47  6
Columbus 47  5
Dallas 45  6
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