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Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom Makes 31 Saves; Blackhawks Lose 4-2

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Martin Havlat was one of four different Minnesota goal scorers and Niklas Backstrom was solid with 31 saves, as the Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, at United Center.

Antti Miettinen, Chuck Kobasew and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Wild, who have won four of their last five games and moved within one point of idle Colorado for second place in the Northwest Division.

Patrick Sharp and Troy Brouwer tallied for the Blackhawks, who have lost two straight games and finished the month of January with a 6-4-1 mark.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 22 shots.