Playoff-bound Wild notch shootout win vs. Bruins

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild found out during the second intermission their spot in the playoffs was secure.

Satisfaction came only after they won their way in with a strong finish.

Mikko Koivu had the only score in the shootout after Ryan Suter's goal tied the game with 65 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Wild beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night to clinch a wild-card spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

"We wanted to get in the right way," said right wing Jason Pominville, who had two goals and an assist. "We stuck to it and found a way to score one late, and I think it's a sign of a good team when you get in the right way against the best team in the NHL right now."

Koivu, who had two assists, switched to his backhand to flip the puck past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in the second round.

When goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped Brad Marchand's try with his pad to end it, he pumped his arms as he skated out of the crease to celebrate with his teammates.

The Wild will be the seventh seed and face the division winner with the fewest points.

"The message was, 'Let's not wait for anything. Let's not back our way into anything. Let's not come through the back door. Let's go charging through the front door,'" coach Mike Yeo said. "And what a better way to do it against a team like Boston."

As play was about to begin for the third period, the overtime loss by ninth-place Phoenix at Columbus that guaranteed a place in the postseason for Minnesota was announced to the crowd and received with a hearty cheer.

The Wild then went a step further by assuring themselves of the top wild-card slot by rallying for the win. They kept up the pressure in overtime after Suter's delivery, outshooting the Bruins 6-2 in overtime.

Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson scored for the Bruins, who fell to 16-1-3 in their past 20 games.

The Bruins, who clinched the No. 1 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs, held leading scorer Jarome Iginla out for the third time in the past four games because of a lower-body injury. Iginla became the biggest threat to the Wild during his days with then-division rival Calgary. His 67 points, including 37 goals, in 71 career games are the most by any Minnesota opponent.