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Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, front, celebrates his goal with right wing Charlie Coyle against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period Saturday in Denver. The Wild beat the Avalanche 3-1 to secure the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2008. They Wild are the No. 8 seed and will play No. 1 seed Chicago in the first round. David Zalubowski | Associated Press

Wild make playoffs with 3-1 win over Avalanche

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DENVER (AP) — Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots, helping the Minnesota Wild secure their first playoff spot in five years with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

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