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AP, NEWARK, New Jersey

Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker scored in the third period for the Wild, who were coming off a 2-0 home loss to Winnipeg on Monday night. It was Zucker’s first game since he broke his collarbone in the first period of a 5-3 victory over Vancouver on Feb. 9.

It was quite a turnaround from Minnesota’s last visit to Chicago in January, when they lost 4-1 in the fifth game of a six-game slide. That losing streak dropped the Wild to 18-19-5, but they traded for Dubnyk on Jan. 14 and the veteran goaltender helped them turn their season around.

Bryan Bickell scored his 14th goal and Corey Crawford had 28 stops for the Blackhawks (48-26-6), who have lost two in a row.

AVALANCHE 3, PREDATORS 2

In Denver, Colorado, Joey Hishon broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots as Colorado handed Nashville their fourth straight loss.

Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Ellis had scored for the Predators, who remain a point behind St Louis for the Central Division title with two games remaining. The Blues lost to Winnipeg 1-0 earlier.

Jarome Iginla and Ryan O’Reilly had goals nine seconds apart in the second period for Colorado, who were eliminated from the playoff chase last week.

Hishon, playing in his 11th game since being recalled from Lake Erie of the AHL, split two Nashville defenders and beat Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot at 7 minutes, 6 seconds of the final period.

The Predators pulled Rinne with about 1 minute, 35 seconds remaining, but they could not get anything by Varlamov. Nashville dropped to 6-10-3 since Feb. 26.

FLAMES 3, COYOTES 2

In Calgary, Alberta, Sean Monahan scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to lift the Flames.

Monahan carried the puck up ice and into the Coyotes’ zone and, after hitting the brakes in the slot, sent a shot past Mike Smith for his 31st goal of the season. It came less than two minutes after Arizona capitalized on a big mistake by Flames goalie Jonas Hiller to tie it.

David Jones and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for the Flames, which swept the teams’ five-game season series by a combined score of 20-8.

B.J. Crombeen and Craig Cunningham scored for the Coyotes.

Calgary can clinch their first trip to the postseason in six years when they host Los Angeles.

OILERS 4, KINGS 2

In Edmonton, Alberta, Matt Fraser scored a pair of goals and Edmonton dealt a big blow to the playoff hopes of defending Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles.

Benoit Pouliot and Tyler Pitlick also scored for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game skid.

Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty scored for the Kings, who have lost two straight at a time when they cannot afford to let any points escape.

Los Angeles trail Winnipeg by three points and the Calgary Flames by two points with only two games remaining for all three teams in the hunt for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

The Kings’ loss clinched a playoff spot for the Vancouver Canucks.

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