Wild 2, Lightning 1 (shootout)
The Minnesota Wild are all but a lock for the playoffs, while the Tampa Bay Lightning are a long shot currently. So the point the Lightning earned in a shootout loss Friday may have been more important in the long run than the two points Minnesota got for winning.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout, as Minnesota overcame a stiff challenge by the Lighting, winning 2-1.
Blackhawks 5, Jets 2
Brent Seabrook has been an elite defenseman in the NHL for more than a decade but it was his goaltending skills that were front and center as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Friday at the MTS Centre.
With the visitors (34-17-5) clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the second period, the Jets (25-28-4) looked to be about to tie it as a deflected shot off the stick of captain Blake Wheeler squeaked through Corey Crawford’s legs and dribbled agonizingly toward the goal line.