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Minnesota Wild beat Toronto for first time


Marc Chouinard had two goals for the Minnesota Wild in a much-needed 5-3 victory on Wednesday over the scuffling Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kurtis Foster chipped in a power-play score, and slumping Marian Gaborik and Wes Walz also had goals for the Wild, who improved to 17-0-0 in games when they score four or more.

Minnesota's Manny Fernandez made 18 saves, including a long rebound with 1:25 left that let Jason Allison pull his team within one on a slap shot.

Matt Stajan scored short-handed, and Alexei Ponikarovsky added a power-play goal for the Maple Leafs, whose losing streak reached a season-high four.

Minnesota beat Toronto for the first time in five meetings since the franchise's inception more than five years ago, the last foe the Wild had yet to defeat.

Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 0

At Columbus, Ohio, Tomas Holmstrom scored two power-play goals and Chris Osgood stopped 26 shots for his 42nd career shutout to lead Detroit over Columbus.

Mark Mowers and Mathieu Schneider also scored for the Western Conference-leading Red Wings, who won their third straight and improved to 5-0 against Columbus this season.

Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson each had two assists for Detroit, which has outscored the Blue Jackets 25-7 -- including 6-0 and 6-2 wins at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets, winners of four of their last five games overall, had their four-game home winning streak snapped.

Thrashers 5, Stars 2

At Dallas, Marian Hossa scored twice, including a power-play goal in the final minute of the second period, as Atlanta rallied for its first victory over Dallas.

Atlanta, which scored three straight goals during a span of 7:38 in the second period, had lost the first eight all-time meetings with Dallas by a 25-13 margin before the Thrashers' decisive win.

The Stars grabbed a 2-0 lead on power-play goals by Jason Arnott and Mike Modano. But Atlanta came back to tie it at 2 behind second-period goals from J.P. Vigier at 11:29 and Eric Boulton at 15:03.

With 53 seconds left in the second period and Atlanta holding a man advantage, Scott Mellanby backhanded a pass to the front of the net, where Hossa guided the puck past Dallas goalie Johan Hedberg.

Hossa added his 24th of the season at 10:05 of the third period, and Slava Kozlov capped the scoring at 17:48.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for the Thrashers, who've won seven of their last eight.

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