WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Charlie Coyle scored in the second period and Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets 1-0 on Monday night.
Coyle’s one-timer off a pass from Zach Parise at 1:05 of the second came just after a penalty to Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart had expired.
The Wild (41-26-12) closed in on a playoff berth in the Western Conference with the win. Minnesota would need to lose its final three games with Phoenix winning four straight in order for the Wild to miss the playoffs.
Bryzgalov wasn’t bothered by a taunting crowd as the trade-deadline pickup from Edmonton earned his fourth shutout of the season.
The Jets’ Michael Hutchinson, a 24-year-old rookie who began the season in the ECHL, made his first career NHL start with regular backup Al Montoya still dealing with a lower-body injury. His only blemish on 17 shots came on Coyle’s one-timer.
Neither team could generate much offense through the first two period, with the Wild leading in shots 13-12. The third period was wide open by comparison, with Winnipeg sending 12 pucks at Bryzgalov. But even four power-play chances couldn’t help the Jets find the back of the net.
Winnipeg forward Evander Kane, a healthy scratch Saturday night in Toronto for reportedly being late to a team meeting, was back in the lineup. He managed just one shot on goal and was on the ice for Coyle’s goal.
The Jets wrap up their home schedule Thursday night against Boston, and finish their season the next night in Calgary.
Minnesota returns home to face Boston, St. Louis and Nashville.
Flames 1, Devils 0: In Newark, N.J., Karri Ramo made 31 saves to record his second NHL shutout as Calgary won.
Mark Giordano scored for Calgary, which improved to 34-38-7. The Flames are 16-20-4 on the road this season.
Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 22 shots for New Jersey, which fell to 34-29-16. New Jersey’s loss also allowed the New York Rangers to clinch a playoff berth.
Neither the Flames nor Devils scored until Giordano’s power-play goal 23 seconds into the third as both teams were unable to take advantage of opportunities.
Ducks 3, Canucks 0: In Vancouver, British Columbia, John Gibson made 18 saves to record a shutout in his NHL debut and Anaheim eliminated Vancouver from playoff contention with the win.
Daniel Winnik, Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey scored for Anaheim, which is three points ahead of San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division.
PHILADELPHIA — The NHL has suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo for four games for an illegal check to the head. Rinaldo will miss the final four games of the regular season and will forfeit $15,384.60 in salary.
- The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed vice president and general manager
- Steve Yzerman
- to a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018-19 season.
- Toronto forward
- Joffrey Lupu
- l needs knee surgery and will miss the rest of the regular season. Leafs coach
- Randy Carlyle
- said Monday that Lupul will undergo a meniscus procedure and the recovery time is expected to be three weeks.
- Buffalo players
- Nathan Lieuwen
- and defenseman
- Chad Ruhwedel
- will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with concussions.