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Dubnyk makes 32 saves as Minnesota Wild beat Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 to clinch playoff spot

  • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) looks to pass the puck against Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek (26) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) looks to pass the puck against Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek (26) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) controls the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) controls the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) tries to score against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) tries to score against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)  (The Associated Press)

Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves, and the Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

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 it 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.