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Associated Press, Published October 26 2013

Backstom gets first win as Wild top Blackhawks

CHICAGO – Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves in his first win of the season and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Satur-day night in a rematch of their first-round playoff series.

Jason Pominville had two goals in his 600th career game as Minnesota earned its third consecu-tive win.

Zach Parise, Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fon-taine also scored for the Wild, and Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund had two assists apiece.

Bryan Bickell scored for the fourth consecutive game for the Blackhawks, who had recorded at least one point in each of their past seven games. Patrick Kane added his team-best sixth goal in the third period.

Minnesota 1 2 2 – 5

Chicago 0 1 2 – 3

First period: 1, Minnesota, Parise 6 (Suter), 12:39 (pp).

Second period: 2, Minnesota, Brodziak 2 (Scandella, Cooke), 1:03. 3, Chicago, Bickell 4 (Leddy, Rozsival), 13:46. 4, Minnesota, Pominville 5 (Granlund, Suter), 17:42.

Third period: 5, Minnesota, Pominville 6 (Granlund), 9:18. 6, Chicago, Kane 6 (Toews, Seabrook), 12:51 (pp). 7, Minnesota, Fontaine 3 (Koivu, Prosser), 15:39. 8, Chicago, Kruger 1 (Bollig, Leddy), 19:30.

Shots on goals: Minnesota 8-12-5 – 25. Chicago 11-11-14 – 36.

Goalies: Minnesota, Backstrom. Chicago, Crawford. A – 21,521 (19,717). T – 2:33.