The Minnesota Wild needed a win on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins to punch their ticket to the postseason and clinch the top wild card spot in the Western Conference. It took four periods and a shootout but the Wild were able to pull off the surprising win and lock up their spot in the playoffs.
It was a make or break season for Minnesota this year as the Wild have geared up for multiple runs at Stanley Cups for the next batch of seasons as the likes of Zach Parise and Ryan Sutter inked massive contracts and trades have been made to mortgage the future in exchange for ‘win-now’ players.
That’s the way the Wild played on Tuesday as that ‘win-now’ mode bled through and they managed to come away with the clinching win against one of the best teams in the NHL. It’s a bit early to say this was a Stanley Cup preview, but it felt like a playoff game for the Wild and they now don’t have to sweat things out like the did last year when they didn’t clinch until the very last day of the season.
This year the Wild get to rest up for the final games of the season and prepare to play either the St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks or Colorado Avalanche in the first-round of the playoffs later this month.