Less than 24 hours after falling flat at home against Edmonton the Wild defeated Colorado 3-1 to advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in five years.
Zach Parise picked up a huge first period goal to take a 1-0 lead and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added an empty net goal to finalize the win that the team needed to get in.
As the team hit the ice for the third period, Detroit had secured the seventh seed by defeating the Dallas Stars, and Columbus had just defeated Nashville to for the time being move into the eighth seed. The Wild lead was a single goal at 2-1 and watched as Niklas Backstrom made save after save, 15 in all in the third period, giving the Wild the victory.
The Wild picked up a massive break in the second when a goal by Colorado's Chuck Kobasew was not allowed after replay officials ruled the puck was kicked into the net. The play was reviewed for minutes before it was called a non goal.
Minnesota's second goal came by Devin Setoguchi on the power play to recapture the lead in the second period. Defenseman Ryan Suter logged over 32 minutes of ice time in the game.
The win propels the Wild into the playoffs where they will face the best team in hockey, the Chicago Blackhawks beginning next week.