Northwest Division: Minnesota feeling good about itself



The Minnesota Wild, who visit TD Banknorth Garden Tuesday night for a match-up with the best-in-the-East Boston Bruins, will roll into the Hub on a bit of a high after their first shutout of the Colorado Avalanche in franchise history Sunday.

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves and winger Owen Nolan scored twice in the 2-0 win, as John Shipley tells us in the Pioneer Press and Michael Russo tells us in the Star Tribune.

Russo also tells us that the Wild are still upset about what they say was an inconclusive replay used to award Detroit’s Johan Franzen a big goal in the Red Wing’s win Saturday. Shipley also explains that Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire is more likely to lean on his veterans during the playoff push.

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