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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Colorado

(Wednesday, December 9th)

Final Score: Minnesota 1, Colorado 0

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom needed to make just 22 saves to post his first shutout of the season, as the Minnesota Wild continued their recent mastery of the Colorado Avalanche with a 1-0 victory at Pepsi Center.

"We played a real solid road game tonight," Backstrom said.

Antti Miettinen's first-period tally held up for Minnesota, which has earned at least a point in 14 of its last 18 games (11-4-3) and has won 12 of the last 15 meetings against its Northwest Division rivals.

With Craig Anderson still nursing a sore neck, Peter Budaj made his fourth consecutive start for the Avalanche, finishing with 21 saves.

"We did not get the job done, but I think we worked really hard," Budaj said.

Colorado opened a five-game homestand Wednesday after winning three times on its five-game road trip.

Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson let a shot go from the point. Andrew Brunette took a couple unsuccessful whacks in the crease, then Miettinen jumped into the play and lifted the puck over a fallen Budaj at 5:57.

Colorado appeared to have tied the game in the second period, but the goal was waved off because the net was dislodged. The Avalanche mustered just four shots in the final 20 minutes.

Game Notes

Backstrom posted his 18th career shutout...Avalanche center Justin Mercier made his NHL debut...Colorado fell to 4-7-2 against divisional opponents...Since winning their first six home games of the season, the Avalanche have lost five of six as the host...The Wild killed off all six Colorado power play chances...Minnesota resumes its road swing Friday in Calgary...The Avalanche battle Tampa Bay on Friday.

12/10 03:04:51 ET

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