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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Niklas Backstrom stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and Mikko Koivu scored on a backhander to the top right corner to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

The victory helped the Wild avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Stars, who topped Minnesota twice in shootouts earlier this season.

Marty Turco took the loss for Dallas despite 38 saves in regulation and overtime, while Backstrom earned his first win against the Stars this season after going 0-1-2 in the previous three contests.

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