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Minnesota Wild beat Lightning in shootout to remain undefeated

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TAMPA, Fla. - Antti Miettinen scored the lone goal in a shootout and Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves for his 15th career shutout in the undefeated Minnesota Wild's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Backstrom turned aside shootout attempts by Jussi Jokinen, Vinny Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos, leaving the Lightning winless in five games under coach Barry Melrose.

It was the second scoreless game in the NHL through regulation and overtime in two nights. On Friday night, the New York Rangers beat visiting Toronto 1-0 in a shootout after 65 scoreless minutes.

The Wild, who entered the game second in the NHL in power-play efficiency at 42.9 per cent, went 0-for-8 with the man advantage, including a 4-on-3 power play in the final 1:19 of overtime. Minnesota also killed three penalties to remain perfect (15-for-15) in four games.

Minnesota centre Mikko Koivu, the NHL's leading scorer with nine points, was held without a point for the first time this season.

Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith, making his third start of the season, stopped all 21 shots he faced in regulation and overtime. Smith also turned aside a shootout attempt by Koivu before Miettinen scored the winner.

The shots allowed by Tampa Bay were the fewest by a Lightning opponent this season. In four games, Tampa Bay had allowed an average of 40.5 shots on goal.

Notes: Lightning RW Radim Vrbata, who had been a regular on the second line, was a surprise late scratch after skating with C Chris Gratton's checking line during morning practice. Vrbata was replaced in the lineup by LW David Koci, who made his Lightning debut. ... Wild RW Marian Gaborik missed his second consecutive game with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Other scratches for Minnesota were RW Owen Nolan (leg injury) and C Krystofer Kolanos, who was called up from Friday to replace injured C Pierre-Marc Bouchard (back).

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