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Morning jam: What a relief for Backstrom

1/31/2013

Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 (F/SO)

* Wild: won 7 of last 9 at home dating back to last season

* Wild: won 3 straight vs Blackhawks (all wins came in shootout)

* Jonathan Toews (CHI): Goal (4); 5-game point streak (3G, 2A)

* Blackhawks: 1st loss of any kind this season (started 6-0-0)

FROM ELIAS: Niklas Backstrom stopped all 28 shots on goal against him after replacing Minnesota's starting goaltender, Josh Harding, at the 6:45 mark of the first period, and then won the shootout that gave the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks. Backstrom's first three career wins in the NHL were recorded in relief (for Minnesota in October/November 2006) but, before Wednesday's relief victory against Chicago, all 159 of his wins since then had come in games he started.

Canucks 3, Avalanche 0

* Roberto Luongo (VAN): 24 saves; 61st career shutout (1st this season)

* Zack Kassian (VAN): PP Goal (5); had 4 career goals prior to this season

* Avalanche: outscored 11-1 during current 3-game losing streak

Oilers 2, Coyotes 1 (OT)

* Nail Yakupov (EDM): game-winning goal (4th goal this season; leads team); goals in back-to-back games for 2nd time this season

* Oilers: 1st 2-game win streak this season

* Oilers: 2nd OT win this season (2-0 in OT)

* Oilers: 11 of their 16 goals this season have come on power play

* Coyotes: 2nd loss in last 8 games at home vs Oilers

Senators 5, Canadiens 1

* Senators: improve to 3-0-1 at home this season

* Mika Zibanejad (MEEKA zih-BAN-ih-jad) (OTT): 1st career NHL goal (PPG)

* Canadiens: loss ends 4-game winning streak

* Canadiens: 1st regulation loss in last 8 meetings vs Senators (4-1-3)