Minnesota raced to a big lead against visiting Winnipeg on Tuesday, and then started watching the scoreboard to see if its faint playoff hopes would survive another night.
The Wild did their part, but their playoff streak came to an end at six years.
Zach Parise scored twice in his return from injury, Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves and the Wild rolled to a 5-1 win against the Jets.
Victor Rask, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno also scored for Minnesota, which entered play five points behind Colorado for eighth in the Western Conference. The Avalanche rallied to beat Edmonton to knock the Wild out of the playoff contention.
“It’s tough,” Foligno said before the Colorado game ended. “We played a really good game. I mean, too little, too late in the season in general. We had a lot of chances at home to play like this, and it catches up to you, obviously. It’s such a hard league, and you never want your fate to be in someone else’s hands or some other team’s hands.”
Jacob Trouba scored a shorthanded goal for Winnipeg, but goaltender Eric Comrie surrendered three first-period goals in his first start of the season and fifth of his career. Comrie finished with 23 saves.
The Jets have lost four of five to fall into a tie with Nashville for the lead in the Central Division.
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The recent stretch led to a players-only meeting after the game.
“You want to get a team on the same page, you want to get every guy pulling on the rope in the same direction,” Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said. “Sometimes the best therapy for that is having a conversation about it.”
Kings 3, Coyotes 1: Jack Campbell made 49 saves, Trevor Lewis scored 3:29 into the third period, and Los Angeles hurt Arizona’s playoff chances. The Coyotes fell four points behind Colorado for the second wild card in the Western Conference. The Coyotes need to win their final two games and have Colorado lose its last two in order to have a chance.
Red Wings 4, Penguins 1: Pittsburgh missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot when Tyler Bertuzzi led host Detroit to victory. Bertuzzi had two goals and an assist as the Red Wings earned their sixth consecutive win. He became the first player in franchise history with four consecutive three-point games. Detroit announced a two-year contract extension with head coach Jeff Blashill.
Avalanche 6, Oilers 2: Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie scored a minute apart to ignite a four-goal second period as playoff-chasing Colorado rallied to top visiting Edmonton.
Canadiens 4, Lightning 2: Artturi Lehkonen and Max Domi scored in the third period to lead host Montreal past NHL-leading Tampa Bay, keeping the Canadiens within reach for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal and Columbus both have 94 points, but the Blue Jackets currently own the tiebreaker.
Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 1: Justin Williams and Dougie Hamilton each banked in goals from behind host Toronto’s net as Carolina picked up a big two points in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Carolina looks to make the postseason for the first time since 2009 — currently the NHL’s longest streak of playoff futility.
Bruins 6, Blue Jackets 2: Jake DeBrusk had two goals and an assist, Tuuka Rask made 32 saves and visiting Boston denied Columbus a chance to clinch a playoff spot. The playoff-bound Bruins strengthened their grip on second place in the Atlantic Division.
Predators 3, Sabres 2: Ryan Johansen scored the go-ahead goal 6:32 into the third period, and visiting Nashville stayed in the hunt for the Central Division title by beating slumping Buffalo. Nashville and Winnipeg are tied for first, two points ahead of idle St. Louis.
Stars 6, Flyers 2: Host Dallas clinched its first trip to the playoffs in three years, getting two goals and two assists from Alexander Radulov to beat Philadelphia.
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