The Minnesota Wild bounced back from an awful loss to Edmonton Monday to beat the Oilers 3-1 last night, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves for the Wild, who jumped over idle Calgary for first place in the Northwest Division. Branko Radivojevic had a goal and an assist and Mikko Koivu had three assists for the Wild. In other NHL action:
- Peter Forsberg had three assists, including two in a four-goal second period, to lead the Colorado Avalanche past the Vancouver Canucks 6-3. Milan Hejduk also scored two goals for the Avs.
- The Anaheim Ducks clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings. Mathieu Schneider and Teemu Selanne scored shootout goals.