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Backstrom strong in net as Wild beat Penguins 2-1 in shootout

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PITTSBURGH - Marek Zidlicky scored the only goal in the shootout and the Minnesota Wild benefited from a gift goal that Pittsburgh put into its own net for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that ended the Penguins' six-game winning streak.

Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, 3-0 in shootouts this season, stopped 24 of 25 shots before turning aside Petr Sykora, Alex Goligoski and Sidney Crosby in the tiebreaker. Crosby, 9-of-32 in career attempts, needed to score to keep the shootout going but couldn't beat Backstrom with a wrist shot.

The Penguins were 0-for-4 on the power play against Minnesota's NHL-leading penalty-killing unit, including the final 1:28 of overtime following Brent Burns' high-sticking penalty.

NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin's 13-game point streak ended for Pittsburgh. He had scored at least one goal in each of his previous three games, but was credited with only one shot despite several good scoring chances. Malkin had six goals and 21 assists during the streak.

Minnesota's only goal in regulation was credited to Andrew Brunette at 7:57 of the first, although he had no hand - or stick - in his seventh of the season.

Mikko Koivu appeared to win a draw from NHL faceoff leader Mike Zigomanis, but the puck took an odd bounce off a linesman's leg and deflected to Zigomanis. He shovelled it backward to defenceman Hal Gill, only to have the puck trickle between goalie Dany Sabourin's pads and into the net.

The Penguins needed only 10 seconds to tie it after the faceoff when Matt Cooke put a rebound of Jordan Staal's backhander from the slot past Backstrom for his second goal - and only the sixth permitted by Backstrom in five games.

Staal had a busy night, also drawing a fighting major after dropping the gloves with Eric Reitz midway through the second period - only the second fight of Staal's three-season NHL career.

Nine of the Penguins' 18 games have gone to overtime, and they are 6-3 in extra time. They have more wins in overtime than in regulation, where they have won five times.

Notes: Pittsburgh had won its previous five at home. ... With G Marc-Andre Fleury out with an undisclosed but apparently minor injury, the Penguins recalled John Curry from the minors to back up Sabourin. ... Minnesota has won its last four in Pittsburgh and is 4-1 there. ... Malkin left briefly in the second period after being struck in the mouth by a ricocheting puck. ... Minnesota is 3-1 in overtime.

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