Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/30/13
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise and Matt Cullen scored in a shootout Wednesday as the Minnesota Wild won 3-2, handing the Chicago Blackhawks their first setback of the season. Cullen also scored in regulation for Minnesota (4-2-1). Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews got goals for the Blackhawks, who fell to 6-0-1. They got a shootout goal from Toews but lost when Patrick Sharp's shootout attempt hit the crossbar. Minnesota needed just 90 seconds to take the lead, when Cullen got his first goal of the season, poking a loose puck low between Crawford's pads after the Chicago goalie had stopped Minnesota's first two shots on the play. The Blackhawks needed just a few minutes to answer, turning the deficit into a lead in a flash. Shaw tied the game, crashing the net to poke a loose puck past Minnesota goalie Josh Harding. A little over a minute later, Toews' long-range blast slipped under Harding's stick. Having seen Harding allow two goals on Chicago's first four shots, Wild coach Mike Yeo switched inserted goalie Niklas Backstrom, who was tested by the Blackhawks offense immediately. Minnesota's best chance to tie the game in the first period came when the Wild had an extended 5-on-3 power play. But the Wild could not capitalize on the man-advantage. Minnesota got the equalizer at even strength in the opening minute of the second period, when Cal Clutterbuck re-directed a shot from the blue line by defenseman Tom Gilbert. It was Clutterbuck's first goal of the season. Corey Crawford finished with 23 saves for Chicago. Backstrom stopped all 28 shots he faced in his relief role, including six shots in overtime. NOTES: With Disney on Ice occupying the United Center until Feb. 10, Wednesday's game was the first of a season-long six-game road trip for the Blackhawks. After Minnesota, they will visit Vancouver, Calgary, San Jose, Phoenix and Nashville before their next home game, Feb. 12 against Anaheim. ... Desperate for offensive contributions from someplace other than their top line, the Wild are suddenly getting a nice bump from their defensive corps. In Tuesday's home win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, five of the six defensemen in uniform had at least a point. ... The first two stoppages of play Wednesday came as a result of Chicago icing the puck on long breakout pass attempts. The third stoppage was for Cullen's goal. ... Wednesday marked just the third time that Backstrom has entered a game in relief of the starter over the past three seasons. His last relief appearance was on Nov. 12, 2011, after Harding started a 5-2 loss in Los Angeles.
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