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Brent Burns, left, of the Wild and Todd Marchant of the Ducks tumble while battling for a loose puck along the boards in the first period Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Associated Press

Backstrom, Wild blank Ducks, 3-0

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ST. PAUL -- Andrew Brunette and Mikko Koivu scored goals, and All-Star Niklas Backstrom made them stand with his sixth shutout of the season to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Backstrom made 34 saves, several requiring quick reactions from close in. Anaheim's Chris Kunitz had a short-handed breakaway midway through the period, but Backstrom denied him with his left pad. The Ducks went 0-for-5 on the power play.

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