Thomas Vanek also scored and Cody Hodgson added an empty-netter for the Sabres, who vaulted into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 84 points -- two better than idle Washington.
Ryan Miller earned the win with 24 stops.
Minnesota's Steven Kampfer scored and Josh Harding allowed a pair of goals on 36 shots for the Wild.
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Michael Sam cut from the Dallas Cowboys