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Wild tame Penguins 2-1, get first road win

</head> <body> <p>PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The Minnesota Wild downed the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Saturday to earn their first road win of the season.</p> <p>Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves to hand the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins (11-3) just their second defeat in 11 games.</p> <p>"You definitely have to give the credit to Backstrom in this one," Wild coach Todd Richards told reporters. "He made some huge saves for us."</p> <p>Minnesota defenseman Nick Schultz thought the Wild's strong effort around the net also helped.</p> <p>"Backy played extremely well," Schultz said, "and we beared down in front of the net and tried to limit their second chances, and I think we did a decent job of that. It was a big win for us."</p> <p>Kyle Brodziak collected Minnesota's first goal 12 minutes into the game before Pittsburgh tied the score on Pascal Dupuis' shot two and a half minutes later.</p> <p>Eric Belanger put the Wild 2-1 up when he fired a one-timer past Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury with less than a second left on the clock in the first period and neither team scored again.</p> <p>The win ended a string of eight consecutive road losses for Minnesota (5-9), who are mired in the basement of the Northwest Division.</p> <p>The Wild took only four shots in the first period and had just 15 for the game against last season's Stanley Cup champions.</p> <p>"I think we can keep our heads up after this one," said the Penguins' Sidney Crosby, who had a six-game points streak halted.</p> <p>"If we outshoot a team 35-15 every game I like our chances."</p> <p>Crosby also was involved in a rare fight when he and Minnesota defenseman Marek Zidlicky traded punches in the second period. 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