Dec 24, 2010 1:11 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom stopped 36 shots and the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Thursday night.
Andrew Brunette also scored and Marek Zidlicky and Antti Miettinen had assists for Minnesota, which has won three straight.
David Jones scored for the Avalanche and Peter Budaj had 18 saves in relief of Craig Anderson. Colorado has lost two in a row after winning six straight.
The Wild led 2-1 after the first period on a pair of goals by Cullen, his seventh and eighth. Cal Clutterbuck stole a soft pass at the Minnesota blueline, raced down the ice and his shot was saved by Anderson. Cullen trailed the play and knocked the rebound into the empty net with 10:27 left in period.
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