Wild 4, Blackhawks 1

Niklas Backstrom made 40 saves, and Marek Zidlicky had two power-play goals and an assist to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks last night — only Chicago’s third regulation loss at home this season.

Owen Nolan had two assists for Minnesota. Martin Havlat had the lone goal for the Blackhawks, and Nikolai Khabibulin had 21 saves.

Havlat’s goal came at exactly 10:00 of the second period, earning a fan $1 million US?as part of a promotion with the Illinois State Lottery.

Backstrom made several saves to preserve the Wild’s victory. Minnesota jumped ahead 3-0 by early in the second, but Chicago dominated the second half of the game. Backstrom’s flashiest save was a point-blank stick stop on Patrick Kane.


Alexander Ovechkin scored twice, including the game-winner with 3:14 left in overtime as the Washington Capitals edged the New York Islanders, 2-1 yesterday.

Sergei Fedorov skated the puck into the New York end and slammed on the brakes at the right circle.

He fed a short pass over to Alexander Semin, who skated to the low right side and fed the puck out front for Ovechkin, who one-timed the puck home for his league-leading 31st goal of the season.