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Wild beat Sabres to snap six-game losing streak

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SAINT PAUL — Much is made of the notion that you can start over in the New Year. For the Minnesota Wild, flipping the calendar over to 2014 seems to have made a difference, at least initially.

After a nightmarish end to 2013, the Wild began the New Year on a better note, getting 19 saves from goaltender Niklas Backstrom in a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday to snap a franchise record six-game losing streak.

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