Wild Takes Over First Place in Northeast

Forsberg lead Avalanche win, Ducks clinch playoff spot
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 27, 2008 5:17 AM CDT
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, front, falls to the ice after missing a shot for a goal off the stick of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold ilast night.    (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – 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.
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