Wild Buries Avalanche to Take First Place

Rangers win in shootout, Blue Jackets blank Blackhawks
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2008 3:21 AM CST
Minnesota Wild right winger Pavol Demitra, of Slovakia, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period of the Wild's 3-2 victory in an NHL hockey game in Denver on...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves and three different players scored goals as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche in Denver 3-2 last night, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The win gives the Wild first place in the Northwest Division heading into the All-Star break. Pavol Demitra, Brian Rolston and Todd Fedoruk scored for Minnesota. In other NHL action:

  • After retiring Brian Leetch's No. 2 jersey, the New York Rangers beat the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 on a shootout goal by Brendan Shanahan.
  • Pascal Leclaire pitched his eighth shutout of the season with 30 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 1-0.