St. Paul, Minnesota (WQOW) -- The Wild has made it back into the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Minnesota needed a win Saturday in Colorado to clinch the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Wild's reward? A first round matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks, owners of the NHL's best record. Minnesota was not playing its best hockey down the stretch. The Wild finished 4-5-1 in its last 10, but that's all in the past.
"We're happy that we're in," says Wild forward Zach Parise, "but keeping in mind that we have the attitude that we want to win. We're not there to just be happy that we made it. We think we can beat them and we're going to play as hard as we can."
"The Edmonton game was a tough game," says Minnesota coach Mike Yeo, of Friday night's 6-1 loss at home, "but you look at two of the last three games that we played, as far as I'm concerned we're ready to go in the right way. We know what our game looks like and we're confident in it."
Game one of the Wild-Blackhawks series is set for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the United Center in Chicago.
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