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Niemi Shuts Out Wild to End Hawks' Skid
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Antti Niemi made 21 saves for his seventh shutout of the season and third in seven games and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Niemi made four saves during a 91-second 5-on-3 power play for Minnesota late in the second period, and held off the Wild the rest of the way to improve to 21-7-3.

Ben Eager had a goal and two assists for his second multipoint game of the season, Tomas Kopecky scored twice, and Jonathan Toews added a goal. The Blackhawks won for just the third time in their last 10 games.

Nicklas Backstrom finished with 31 saves for the Wild, shut out at home for the first time since Feb. 6, 2009 _ a 2-0 loss to Nashville. It also was just the third loss for Minnesota in its last 14 home games against Chicago.

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