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Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra helped the surging Minnesota Wild stick around near the top of the Northwest Division.

They'll try to help the Wild take over the division lead when they meet the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night at Scottrade Center.

The Wild (32-22-5) scored three third-period goals to defeat Nashville 4-1 on Saturday, and move within one point of first-place co-leaders Vancouver and Calgary in the Northwest.

"It was a huge win for our team," Wild forward Brian Rolston said. "That win should give us a lot of confidence as a team, especially playing against a good, good hockey team like they have over there."

Minnesota has been moving up the standings after winning six of its last eight games - a run that began with a 5-2 victory over the Blues on Jan. 30.

The Wild scored four goals in the final period to break open a 1-all tie in that game en route to their second straight win and sixth in seven games over St. Louis (24-26-9).

Demitra scored two goals, while Gaborik had an assist in that game, and the two have been instrumental in Minnesota's recent run.

Gaborik scored the game-winner Saturday, and has seven goals and six assists in eight games since last month's win over St. Louis. The franchise's all-time scoring leader has 14 goals and eight assists in 18 games after missing more than two months due to a groin injury.

He enters this contest on a seven-game point streak against St. Louis with three goals and seven assists in that span.

Demitra scored his 17th goal Saturday, and has six goals and eight assists during a season-high eight-game point streak that also began last month versus St. Louis. Demitra, who played for the Blues from 1996-2004, and is fifth on the franchise's career points list with 493, has four goals and four assists in his last three games against his former team.

Backup goaltender Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves against the Predators, and is 5-1-1 with a 2.41 goals-against average in seven games for the Wild since starter Manny Fernandez aggravated his sprained left knee against St. Louis.

The Blues beat Nashville 1-0 on Friday, and have scored just one goal in three of their last four home games, but have managed to come away with victories in two of them thanks to goalie Manny Legace.

Legace stopped 19 shots against the Predators for his fifth shutout this season, and is 4-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA and two shutouts in his last six starts.

He allowed four goals in the loss to Minnesota in January, as it snapped a personal four-game winning streak against them. Legace is 7-3-0 with a 2.78 GAA in his career against the Wild.

Bill Guerin scored Friday's lone goal with 53 seconds left in the second period, as the 36-year-old right wing danced around a defender before flicking the puck just inside the top corner.

"It was an unbelievable goal ... I haven't seen that since 1942 when he broke into the league," Legace joked about the 15-year veteran. "But, it was an unbelievable goal, and he's been doing it all year for us."

Guerin's goal was his team-leading 27th, and he has six goals and two assists during his five-game point streak. He did not earn a point in the loss to Minnesota last month, and has just one assist in his last five games against the Wild.

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