The Minnesota Wild are in the NHL playoffs for the third consecutive season after they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Tuesday night in Chicago.
For the Wild, it was their franchise record 11th straight road victory.
All three of the games' goals were scored in the third period, as Corey Crawford and Devan Dubnyk battled in net through the first two periods.
Minnesota pushed the lead to 2-0 on Jason Zucker's 19th goal of the season. It was Zucker's first game back in the Wild lineup after suffering a broken clavicle in January.
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The Blackhawks made it interesting late. Bryan Bickell cut the Wild's lead to 2-1 with 1:48 to play, but the Wild held off the late pressure from Chicago to lock up their return trip to the playoffs.
Minnesota's road trip will continue on Thursday in Nashville.
3rd period: 9:30 MIN – Mikael Granlund (8) Backhand shot – Assist: Zach Parise (29), Jason Pominville (36) 1-0 MIN
3rd period: 13:14 MIN – Jason Zucker (19) Wrist shot – Assist: Chris Stewart (21) 2-0 MIN
3rd period: 18:12 CHI – Bryan Bickell (14) Wrist shot – Assist: Patrick Sharp (27), Niklas Hjalmarsson (16) 2-1 CHI