|MIN||2||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|COL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
DENVER (AP) -Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves for his first shutout of the season, Antti Miettinen scored for Minnesota and the Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Wednesday night.
It was Backstrom's 18th NHL shutout.
Peter Budaj had 21 saves for Colorado, which has lost three straight at home but only one in regulation.
Minnesota, which has won seven of nine, has not lost to Colorado in four games this season, including two shootout wins.
The Wild scored the only goal they needed 5:57 in when Miettinen pounced on Andrew Brunette's rebound for his eighth goal of the season. Miettinen has seven goals and nine points in his last eight games.
The Avalanche had several chances to tie it in the first, but couldn't capitalize on three power-play opportunities.
Colorado thought it did get even when Matt Duchene beat Backstrom with 14:37 left in the second, but the officials ruled the net was off its moorings when the puck crossed the line. The call was confirmed by video review.
The Avalanche turned up the pressure in the third period. Marek Svatos had two good chances in the first six minutes and then had another opportunity on a breakaway with 7:20 left but Backstrom came up big to preserve the shutout.
NOTES: The Wild are 12-1-2 in their last 15 regular-season games against the Avalanche. ... Colorado G Craig Anderson missed his fourth straight game because of a neck injury sustained at Florida on Dec. 2. ... The Avalanche were 0-for-6 on the power play. It was the second time in nine games they failed to score a power-play goal.
|Antti Miettinen (8) ASST: Andrew Brunette (17), Kim Johnsson (3)|
1 - 0 MIN
|John Scott Hooking against Marek Svatos|
|John Scott Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Greg Zanon Tripping against Matt Duchene|
|Kyle Quincey Slashing against Chuck Kobasew|
|Greg Zanon Tripping against Paul Stastny|
|Ryan Wilson Tripping against Mikko Koivu|
|Nathan Smith Hooking against Marek Svatos|
|John Scott Hooking against Darcy Tucker|
|Wojtek Wolski Holding against Kim Johnsson|
|SA: 22||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 22||EV: 18 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 22||TOI: 59:17|
|Saves: 21||EV: 18 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .955||SH: 1 - 1|