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Wild defeat Chicago in shootout

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The Wild finally picked up scoring from the second and third lines and picked up a huge 3-2 win in a shootout to secure two points and a perfect home stand.

Matt Cullen scored his first goal of the season just 90 seconds into the hockey game to give the Wild momentum and an early advantage. That would be short lived however as Josh Harding gave up two goals in 90 seconds before being pulled for Niklas Backstrom just 6:45 into the game.

"He was there for us. Our legs were not there," said head coach Mike Yeo about Backstrom's relief bid. "It was a product of back-to-back games and them not playing last night."

That said, the Wild controlled play and according to Yeo played their best hockey of the young season in the first half of the game.

"I thought first half of the game we were great," said Yeo. "To be honest with you, I thought the first half of the game was arguably as good as we've played. We made a couple of mistakes and they scored a couple of goals. If you want to break down scoring chances and quality scoring chances, I thought we were in complete control."

The Wild missed a glorious opportunity to tie the game in the first period when they found themselves on a 5-on-3 opportunity and Chicago goalie Corey Crawford sprawled across the crease to save a sure goal.

Cal Clutterbuck tied the game just 59 seconds into the second period on a redirected tip off the shot of defenseman Tom Gilbert. The goal was only one of four shots in the period by the Wild as the Blackhawks began to take control of the offensive zone midway through the second.

The third period was more of the same as Chicago outshot the Wild 11-2 but could not crack Backstrom. The Wild tried to end the game in regulation, but could not capitalize on a powerplay opportunity when Patrick Sharp took a hooking penalty with 2:05 left in the period.

Both teams swapped chances in overtime, the best coming late in overtime when Patrick Kane skated into the zone and completed a spin-o-rama pass that sailed through the crease.

The shootout hadn't been kind to Backstrom, but he was strong, only allowing a Jonathan Toews backhand shot to find its way in the net. Zach Parise and Cullen tallied for the Wild sending the more than 18,000 home happy.

With the win, the Wild boost their record to 4-1-0 at home and 4-2-1 overall. The Wild now head west for the first time this season and will face Anaheim Friday night at 9PM and Phoenix on Monday.

Notes:

The goals by Cullen and Clutterbuck were their first of the season.

Rookie Mikael Granlund had an up and down game. He drew the penalty that gave the team the 5-on-3, but lost his stick three times in critical spots. He assisted on the goal by Cullen and has three points (1-1-2) in his first seven games.

Niklas Backstrom played 58:15 in relief saving all 28 shots he faced in regulation and 2-of-3 in the shootout.

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