A pair of shootout wins for the Wild on Friday helped clinch the team’s second straight victory and a home playoff game against Chicago.
The Wild scored two unanswered goals in the second period to give them a 4-3 victory in overtime and earn them a wild card berth in the first round.
“That’s one of the best wins we’ve had in a while, just getting back into the game,” said defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who had four assists.
“They played really well.
It was a tough game.
We’ve got to find a way to get the two wins.
“It was good to see our guys get that confidence back. “
We got a couple chances to go to overtime, but we didn’t get a lot of chances.” “
It was good to see our guys get that confidence back.
We got a couple chances to go to overtime, but we didn’t get a lot of chances.”
The Wild, who were eliminated from playoff contention by the Blackhawks last weekend, were missing their leading scorer, center Jared Spurrier (broken hand) and defenseman Zach Parise (knee).
Spurrier was expected to play Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.
He’s been skating with the team since returning from the injury.
The fourth-year pro was on the ice for the third straight game and scored his first goal since Nov. 27.
Spurrier had three assists in seven games after missing three with a lower-body injury.
He played for Team USA at the World Junior Championships in Canada and had seven points (four goals, four assists) in five games.
The Blackhawks lost for the second time in three games to the Wild, losing 4-2 at home Nov. 30.
“I think it was a big game for us.
We were struggling in a lot the first half and in the third period.
We made some mistakes in the last period,” forward Brandon Saad said.
“But we still got it done.
We just had a little bit of luck tonight.
I think we were in a good position to win the game.”
Mikael Granlund had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks.
Granlund scored his second goal of the season and had two assists.
He had three goals and four assists for the past four seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“He’s definitely the one who is getting a lot more attention,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
The win moves the Wild into the fourth place in the Central Division, four points behind Chicago.
It also moves them into first place in their division.
The Stars, who are playing at Minnesota on Friday, have lost two in a row.
They are 4-8-2 since Jan. 6.
“The way we played in the three games we played last week, it just felt like the right way to play,” said Stars defenseman Stephen Johns.
“This was a good start.
We didn’t have to make any big plays tonight, and we didn: We were good.”
The Blackhawks are 4, 5-2 in their past five games, including the loss to the Stars.
They also are at Minnesota Saturday.
The Flames, who play at Dallas on Saturday, are 2-6-2 and have lost four in a span of five games to start the season.
They lost 3-2 to the Kings on Saturday and 2-1 to the Sabres on Tuesday.
They have won three in a season series with the Stars and are in a tie for fourth place with the Predators.