Wild 1, Avalanche 0
Niklas Backstrom made 23 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
The Avalanche had several chances to tie it in the first, but
they 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 6 minutes, and then had
another chance 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