Win puts Wild one point back of Oilers
Marian Gaborik scored twice and dished out two assists, as Minnesotamoved into a tie for the West’s final playoff spot with a 6-2 beatingof the lowly New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Wild 6 - Islanders 2
Marian Gaborik scored twice and dished out two assists, as Minnesota moved into a tie for the West’s final playoff spot with a 6-2 beating of the lowly New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
The Wild now have 78 points and are one point behind Edmonton for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Antti Miettinen, Owen Nolan, Martin Skoula and Andrew Brunette also scored for the Wild, who bounced back from a 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday to win for the second time in three tries. Nolan and Brunette also added two helpers each. Niklas Backstrom stopped 32 shots to collect his 33rd win of the season.
“They tried to run us out of the building, but our guys kept coming,” said Minnesota head coach Jacques Lemaire of the Islanders. “It’ll be interesting next year when we play them.”
Bruno Gervais and Andy Hilbert lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have lost three consecutive games. Yann Danis turned away 22 shots for New York.