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Wild Takes Over First Place in Northeast

Forsberg lead Avalanche win, Ducks clinch playoff spot

(Newser) - The Minnesota Wild bounced back from an awful loss to Edmonton Monday to beat the Oilers 3-1 last night, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves for the Wild, who jumped over idle Calgary for first place in the Northwest Division. Branko Radivojevic had a goal and... More »

Penguins Waste Early Lead, Rally in Shootout

Kings fall to Wild in OT, Oilers crack .500 with SO win over Jackets

(Newser) - Pittsburgh had a 2-0 lead before the Thrashers could get their bearings, but Atlanta slowly fought its way back from those two lightning minutes to send the game past overtime. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury bested Thrashers keeper Kari Lehtonen in the shootout for a 3-2 Pens win, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette... More »

Wild Win Gets Minnesota Back on Top of NW

Bouchard scores 2, assists 2 in 4-2 victory over Canucks

(Newser) - The Wild nabbed first place in the hotly contested Northwest Division on a monster game by Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The center alternated assists with goals until he'd had a hand in all of Minnesota's points in the 4-2 triumph, the Star Tribune reports. With the Canucks taking 40 shots on goal... More »

Filppula's Double Take Leads Wings Past Avalanche

Penguins win in OT, Wild overcome Coyotes

(Newser) - For the second straight night, Valtteri Filppula netted two goals, leading Detroit to a 4-2 victory over Colorado, the AP reports. The game put an end to an Avalanche home hot streak, and earned the Red Wings their 13th victory in the past 15 contests. Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson... More »

Niittymaki Masters Wild

Philly gets first win at Minnesota, 3-1

(Newser) - Philadelphia goalie Antero Niittymaki was the hero against Minnesota, stopping two five-on-threes and making 28 saves in his fourth start of the year, a 3-1 win. The Flyers were 7-8 on penalty-killing overall. Niittymaki's counterpart Niklas Backstrom didn't fare as well, clumsily missing Braydon Coburn's clinching shot in the third... More »

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