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St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom posted 22 saves to backstop the Minnesota Wild's 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Cal Clutterbuck and Charlie Coyle each scored once to help the Wild snap a two-game skid and grab a two-point lead over the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets, who were idle on Tuesday, in the Western Conference standings.

Jeff Carter scored the lone Los Angeles goal, while Jonathan Bernier stopped 23-of-25 shots for the Kings, who still occupy the fourth spot in the West despite having their five-game point streak snapped.