Niklas Backstrom makes 41 saves as Wild defeat Panthers 4-2

Mark Parrish, Todd White and Pavol Demitra also scored for the Wild, who moved within one point of Northwest Division-leading Calgary. Nathan Horton and Martin Gelinas scored for the struggling Panthers, who couldn’t overcome a shaky night from 41-year-old goaltender Ed Belfour.

One game after playing well in a 5-4 loss to Colorado, Belfour gave up plenty of big rebounds against Minnesota, three of which led to goals.

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Wild winger Branko Radivojevic tied a career high with three assists and White added one for Minnesota, which bounced back from a recent slide at home.

After having the NHL’s best home record for the first two months of the season, the Wild entered the night with one win in five at the Xcel Energy Center.