Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Devin Setoguchi scored the game-winner in the second period, as the Minnesota Wild clinched their first postseason berth since 2008 with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at Pepsi Center.
Zach Parise and Pierre-Marc Bouchard each scored once, while Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots for the Wild (26-19-3), who finished the season with 55 points to secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Minnesota finished tied with Columbus, which downed Nashville earlier on Saturday, but the Wild will be the ones heading to the playoffs, as they hold the tiebreaker with 22 regulation and overtime victories.
The Wild, who were embarrassed by a 6-1 count against Edmonton at home on Friday, will face the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in the first round when the postseason gets underway.
Ryan O'Reilly registered the lone Colorado goal, while Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves for the Avalanche, who lost two of their final three games to finish 16-25-7.