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WINNIPEG -- Niklas Backstrom was supposed to be a spectator when his Minnesota Wild visited the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon. Nike Roshe One Red And White Sale . Instead, the goalie was called into action for the first time since suffering a concussion on Nov. 13 when starter Josh Harding was injured during the warm-up. Backstrom made a smooth transition, turning aside 37 shots in regulation and overtime before teammate Charlie Coyle scored the winner in the fourth round of the 3-2 shootout victory. "You have to be ready all the time and you never know whats going to happen so you have to find a way to be ready and be at your best," Backstrom said after picking up his second win of the season. Harding suffered a lower-body injury in warm-up after he slipped on a puck. Backstrom was returning from his first concussion, suffered after an elbow to the head by Nazem Kadri on Nov. 13 that led to the Toronto forward being suspended for three games. His first full practice was Friday. Wild backup netminder Darcy Kuemper was on his way to Iowa of the AHL, but was contacted at the Winnipeg airport and whisked to the MTS Centre to sit on the bench in case Backstrom needed relief. "He (Backstrom is) the difference in the game for us," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "I mean, obviously I give our players a great deal of credit for dealing with the adversity with what happened at the beginning of the game. Its a little bit easier to deal with it when you see your goalie go out and play the way that he was. "In the first period, we just werent good enough by any stretch and he kept us in it and gave a us a chance to continue to find our game and its a real credit to Backy." Minnesota moved to 15-5-4 and has won six of its past seven games and is 9-1-1 in November. The loss extended Winnipeg (10-11-4) winless streak to four games (0-2-2). It was the Jets eighth shootout of the season and third loss in the contest. Pavelec stopped 35 in regulation and overtime for Winnipeg. Aside from Coyle, who deked to beat Pavelec for his first career shootout goal and second attempt, Mikko Koivu also scored in the shootout. Bryan Little beat Backstrom for the Jets. Michael Frolik and Matt Halischuk each had a goal and assist for Winnipeg in regulation. Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, with Parises 11th of the season sending the game into overtime. Parise added an assist and now has 12 points in his last 10 games. Jets coach Claude Noel said his team played a pretty good game against the surging Wild. "Theyve been the best team in the National Hockey League in the month of November," Noel said. "Its not been an easy task. Weve lost to them 2-1, 2-1 and now 3-2 in a shootout so were close, were getting there." This time, the back-breaker for the Jets came in the third period. Winnipeg was ahead 2-1 and it looked like the lead might be secure when Wild defenceman Marco Scandella was called for hooking at 14:02. But the short-handed situation was no challenge for the Wild. Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu and Parise got on a 3-on-2 breakway and Parise fired a low shot past Pavelec with 4:48 remaining. "The puck got rimmed around, didnt quite make it to the defenceman and boom, they came back 3-on-2," Noel said. Pavelec thought his teammates played better, but was lamenting not getting two points. "The way we lost today, its disappointing," Pavelec said. "We had the game. We had it. We should close it up. We didnt and we lost the point." After a scoreless first period in which Winnipeg outshot the visitors 14-4, Frolik marked his sixth goal of the season late in the second when the Wild turned the puck over just outside their blue-line. Frolik got the puck and sent a pass to Halischuk, who fired high at Backstrom. The puck went into the air and then onto the ice near the crease, where Frolik was on the spot to flip it into the net at 13:07. Minnesota tied it up 1-1 at 3:21 of the third when Scandella took a pass from Parise and fired a shot from the high slot. Niederreiter got the rebound and put it past Pavelec. The Jets regained the lead just over two minutes later after Halischuk took advantage of his own rebound to score his second of the season. Winnipeg had four shots in overtime, with Wild winger Jason Zucker breaking up a 2-on-1 rush as Evander Kane was about to shoot and Devin Setoguchis low shot stopped by Backstrom. The Wild had one shot on net in overtime. Winnipeg embarks on a six-game road trip, beginning Monday in New Jersey. Minnesota finishes a four-game road trip in St. Louis on Monday. Notes: Veteran Winnipeg defenceman Mark Stuart returned to the ice after missing the past 10 with a hip injury. Nike Roshe One One Blue Cheap . The move wasnt a surprise. Dressler, 28, was scheduled to become a free agent Feb. 15 and was exploring his NFL options. Nike Roshe One Black And White ireland. -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Kelvin Hayden.(Sports Network) - While the city of Ottawa prepares for this weekends All- Star festivities, the Senators are looking to get back on track out west. The Sens hope to avoid a third straight loss this evening against the Coyotes in center Kyle Turris return to Phoenix. Ottawa opened up a six-game road trip with victories in Toronto and San Jose to give the club wins in 10 of its past 12. However, the Senators have been held to just two goals over back-to-back losses in Anaheim and Los Angeles, falling four points behind Boston for first place in the Northeast Division. The Senators will wrap their swing against the Bruins in a week following the break and wont play their next home game until Feb. 3. Ottawa gets a quick turnaround tonight after dropping a 4-1 decision to Los Angeles last night. Craig Anderson struggled in allowing four goals on 26 shots through two periods, his final tally allowed coming on a penalty shot with 33 seconds left in the middle frame that was disputed by Ottawa. The Kings were awarded the penalty shot after it was ruled Chris Phillips closed his hand on the puck in the crease, though replays did not show Phillips doing so. "It shouldnt have been a penalty shot," Senators head coach Paul MacLean said. "Im not sure if its reviewable in Toronto on that kind of a call but thats just the way it is. I think having video means to get it right, so if its not right it should be [reviewed]. Thats why you have video, to me." All-Star captain Daniel Alfredsson prevented his team from getting shut out with his 16th goal of the season, while Alex Auld made eight saves in relief of Anderson. Turris can expect a rough reception in Phoenix tonight after the Coyotes parted ways with the disgruntled forward on Dec. 17, dealing the third overall pick of the 2007 drraft to Ottawa for young defenseman David Rundblad. Nike Roshe One Black womens. The 22-year-old Turris held out as a restricted free agent this year before finally inking a two-year deal on Nov. 22. He went without a point in six games with Phoenix before getting dealt to Ottawa and has four goals and 13 points in 18 games since the trade. Turris logged just 19 goals and 25 assists in 137 games with the Coyotes. Phoenix cant worry too much about Turris this evening as it has lost three straight and six of its past seven games. That has the Coyotes tied with the Stars for 11th overall in the West, four points back of a playoff spot. The Coyotes have dropped the first two of a season-long six-game homestand, dropping a shootout to the Red Wings on Jan. 19 before suffering a 4-3 loss to the Lightning on Saturday. Defenseman Keith Yandle scored early in the third period and Ray Whitney tallied a power-play goal with just under four minutes left in the final frame, but Phoenix couldnt must the equalizer despite a late 6-on-4 advantage. "We had a number of scoring chances that we didnt capitalize on," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. " It was magnified by the fact that they were getting very few chances, and capitalizing on them." Lauri Korpikoski and Whitney both ended with a goal and an assist and Mike Smith allowed four goals on 21 shots in his 199th career game. Daymond Langkow did not play versus the Lightning due to an upper-body injury and is day-to-day, as is defenseman Derek Morris after he sustained a lower- body ailment versus Tampa Bay. Alfredsson was one of four different goal scorers for the Senators in last seasons 5-2 home win over the Coyotes, their sixth victory in the past seven meetings. 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