Updated: 04/27/2013 11:05 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long
Devin Setoguchi snapped a 14-game goal scoring drought, tallying the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 - earning the franchise's first playoff spot in four years.
After the Wild and Avalanche exchanged goals in the first period - Zach Parise scoring for the Wild, Ryan O'Reilly for the Avalanche - the teams remained tied 1-1 until the 12:20 mark of the second period.
Setoguchi controlled the puck at the point, unleashing a wicked slapshot that beat Avalanche keeper Semyon Varlamov for a 2-1 lead.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard chased down a loose puck next to the vacated Avalanche goal in the final seconds to seal the victory.
The Wild finish the season tied in the standings with Columbus, but claim the 8th and final playoff spot by virtue of a tiebreaker.
The Wild will open the playoffs against 1-seed Chicago. The series schedule has not been announced, but will have games 1, 2, 5 and 7 in Chicago - games 3, 4 and 6 in Saint Paul.