ST. PAUL, Minn. Cal Clutterbuck has played 344 games in his six-year career for the Minnesota Wild, one of the last remaining players from the 2007-08 team that advanced to the playoffs.
Clutterbuck, then a rookie who played in just two games, didn't get to play in Minnesota's last playoff appearance in 2007-08 and has never had the chance to feel the playoff atmosphere.
Tuesday might as well have been a playoff game to Clutterbuck and the Wild. Clinging to the seventh spot in the Western Conference, tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets with 51 points but holding the tiebreaker with the most regulation wins, Minnesota got a much-needed win at home against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings with Clutterbuck scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory.
Clutterbuck snapped an 18-game goalless streak with the snap of a wrist shot that beat Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Bernier in the first period, the second of the two goals for the Wild within 16 seconds and t...