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Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom named NHL first star of the week

Backstrom posted a 1.62 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage last week as the Wild moved within two points of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Boston Bruins centre Marc Savard and Tampa Bay Lightning centre Brad Richards were named the second and third stars.

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Savard and Richards each recorded two goals and seven assists in four games to lead the league in scoring last week.