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                      === Wild get by Blackhawks in SO ===
 St.  Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Matt Cullen scored the winner in the shootout
 as  the  Minnesota Wild handed the  Chicago Blackhawks their first loss of the
 season in a 3-2 decision from Xcel Energy Center.
 Cullen  also scored  in regulation while Cal Clutterbuck scored the other goal
 for the Wild, who have won two straight.
 Josh  Harding started  the game  in net  for Minnesota,  but was  pulled after
 giving  up  two goals on  four shots. Niklas  Backstrom was stellar in relief,
 turning aside all 28 shots he faced.
 Jonathan  Toews and Andrew Shaw scored for the Blackhawks, who were off to the
 franchise's  best  start to  a  season  with  six  straight wins  coming  into
 Wednesday's game. Corey Crawford made 23 stops in the loss.
 "I  think we played well tonight but we have to bury the chances we get and we
 didn't do that," said Shaw. "I think we'll come out on top the next time."
 In  the final  round of the shootout,  Cullen snuck a quick wrist shot between
 the  pads  of Crawford and  Patrick Sharp banged his  shot off the crossbar to
 give the Wild the win.
 It  was a 1-0 game just 1:30 into the contest as a right circle faceoff win by
 Minnesota  saw the puck thrown on net by Mikael Granlund and Cullen eventually
 jam home the rebound.
 Chicago, though, tied the game less than four minutes later when Bryan Bickell
 made  a power  move to the net from  the left side and lost the puck, but Shaw
 was there to bang it home.
 At  the 6:45 mark, it  was a 2-1 game as a rush down the left end by Toews saw
 him sneak a quick shot between the pads of Harding, prompting a goalie change.
 Minnesota  tied  the game just  59 seconds into the  second period when a left
 circle  faceoff win saw the puck come back to the right point for Tom Gilbert,
 whose shot on goal was redirected by Clutterbuck.
 "It  was  nice to get  that goal and  to be able to  help the squad out," said
 Clutterbuck  about his first goal of the season. "It's nice to get that monkey
 off my back."
 Crawford  only  faced a combined  six shots in  the third period and overtime,
 while Backstrom turned away 17 over the same span to send it to a shootout.
                                   Game Notes
 Minnesota  plays in  Anaheim on Friday ... Chicago continues its six-game road
 trip  in Vancouver on Friday ... Each team won twice in the series last season
 ... Chicago was 0-for-2 on the power play, while Minnesota was 0-for-4.
 01/31 00:33:33 ET