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Wild 1, Avalanche 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 1, Avalanche 0
Minnesota Wild 1, Colorado Avalanche 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:57
MIN
Antti Miettinen (8) ASST: Andrew Brunette (17), Kim Johnsson (3)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
12:14
MIN
John Scott  Hooking against  Marek Svatos
14:33
MIN
John Scott  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:53
MIN
Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Matt Duchene
17:18
COL
Kyle Quincey  Slashing against  Chuck Kobasew
2nd Period
08:46
MIN
Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
12:32
COL
Ryan Wilson  Tripping against  Mikko Koivu
3rd Period
06:16
MIN
Nathan Smith  Hooking against  Marek Svatos
11:22
MIN
John Scott  Hooking against  Darcy Tucker
16:37
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Holding against  Kim Johnsson
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
12-10-3
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 22TOI: 59:17
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .955SH: 1 - 1
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