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Wild's Backstrom returns to beat Flames 6-0

Niklas Backstrom returned from a hip injury to make 37 saves for his second shutout of the season in the Minnesota Wild's 6-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

Backstrom, in goal for the first time since Dec. 31, has 21 career NHL shutouts.

Martin Havlat had two goals and an assist, and Mikko Koivu, John Madden, Cal Clutterbuck and Chuck Kobasew also scored. Kyle Brodziak had three assists, and Andrew Brunette added two.

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Coming off victories over Vancouver on Sunday night and in Edmonton on Tuesday night with Anton Khudobin in goal, the Wild have won three straight and seven of their last 10.

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