News

Wild, Flyers secure NHL playoff spots

Wild, Flyers secure NHL playoff spots

POST SEASON:Linesman Pierre Racicot (65) tries to break up a fight between Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) and Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14). Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – The Minnesota Wild stormed into the post-season with a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal of the shootout and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov stonewalled the Bruins in overtime and the shootout as Minnesota clinched a playoff spot with their third straight win.

The Wild (42-26-12) are tied with sixth-placed Los Angeles on 96 points and will be aiming to improve on last season’s first-round playoff exit.

Jason Pominville scored twice and assisted on Ryan Suter’s tying goal with a little more than a minute remaining to send the game into overtime, and wins like the one over Boston will certainly help their momentum going into the post-season.

FLYERS HEAD TO POSTSEASON

The Philadelphia Flyers clinched a playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Claude Giroux scored two goals and Steve Mason made 38 saves to lead the Flyers to the win. Philadelphia will return to the postseason after failing to qualify last year.

The Flyers (41-29-9) are sixth in the Eastern Conference and trail the fifth-placed New York Rangers by two points with three games remaining.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Recent Headlines

18 mins ago in Sports

The weekend sports schedule

Fresh
penscaps16120076416963

Here’s a look at some of the sporting events taking place this weekend.

28 mins ago in Sports

The best sports shots this week

Fresh
goffdraft870850982276

A look at some of the biggest plays and best moments in sports this week.

44 mins ago in National

Making headlines this week

Fresh
kansasweatherAP

A look back at some of the biggest newsmakers this week and the headlines you may have missed.

4 hours ago in Sports

Reigning NL batting champ banned 80 games for doping

marlinsdeeREUTERS

Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins was suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball said.

8 hours ago in National

Teen pregnancies hit historic low

sexed296416402183

The annual survey shows the continuation of a downward trend that began in 2006 and continued through 2014, the latest year of complete data, when nearly 250,000 babies were born to girls and women aged 15 to 19.