ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild won’t make too much of a regular-season win against their playoff nemesis.
Minnesota knows the postseason is what really matters when it comes to measuring itself against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jason Zucker scored 18 seconds into the game and assisted on Nino Niederreiter’s winner to lead the Wild to a 5-4 win over the Blackhawks on Friday night. Ryan Carter, Charlie Coyle and Jared Spurgeon also had goals for Minnesota, which dealt Chicago its second straight loss.
“We beat them in the regular season last year,” Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. “So, until we end their season like they’ve ended ours, then we don’t take a whole lot out of that.”
The Wild have lost to the Blackhawks in the playoffs each of the past three seasons, including the past two in the second round. But Minnesota has actually had the upper hand lately during the regular season, going 9-6-1 against Chicago in the last…