Backstrom gets 32 saves as Wild turns things around
ST. PAUL, Minn. ó Two nights after getting routed in Edmonton, the Minnesota Wild were the aggressors from the start in a 3-1 victory over the Oilers on Wednesday night.
Sean Hill, Branko Radivojevic and Brian Rolston scored and Mikko Koivu added three assists for the Wild, who started a four-game homestand with a victory to leap-frog Calgary into first place in the Northwest Division.
Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves, and got some help from a defense that left him exposed in a 5-3 loss to the Oilers on Monday night.
The Wild started fast, scoring two goals on their first four shots to make things tough on Edmonton, which had won 12 of its last 15 games to vault back into playoff contention.
Fernando Pisani scored for the Oilers.
Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio ó Clay Wilson had a goal and his first assist in his NHL second game to lead Columbus.
Wilson, David Vyborny and Michael Peca scored in the third period after Joakim Lindstrom put Columbus ahead in the first period.
Fredrik Norrena made 17 saves for the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing streak. Norrena had his second shutout of the season and first since Feb. 16.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 32 saves for Chicago.
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