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Wild Vs. Lightning: Minnesota Wins 3-1

The Minnesota Wild came from behind to snap a two-game losing streak and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Monday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

Playing for the third time in three nights, Minnesota conceded first on an unassisted goal by Steven Stamkos in the second period, but the Wild answered in the same period with back-to-back goals by Cal Clutterbuck (shorthanded) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Mikko Koivu added an empt-net goal to close out the night for the Wild in feel-good fashion.

Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, who was pulled from the Calgary game after allowing three goals on just eight shots, rebounded nicely and was in fine form all evening, saving 32 of 33 shots.

The win means Minnesota concluded its four-game homestand at 4-2. Now they hit the road for nine of twelve. First up is a trip to Edmonton to take on divisional foe Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m ET.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.