Feb 10, 2011 3:10 AM by Lee Douglas
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Niklas Backstrom turned in another strong performance with 23 saves, and the Minnesota Wild hung on to beat the crumbling Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night. The Avs have now lost five straight games.
Antti Miettinen, Martin Havlat and John Madden scored for the Wild, who overcame a two-goal game by David Jones. The Avalanche, still waiting on Peter Forsberg's visa clearance, played without Captain Adam Foote and lost another defenseman, Kyle Cumiskey, to a head injury in the first period.
The Avalanche fell to 3-8 in their last 11 games, and Craig Anderson lost his sixth straight start, giving up 21 goals over those games. He was pulled in the second period for Peter Budaj.
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