Star Tribune's Three Stars

1. Niklas Backstrom, Wild: Making his first start since Oct. 8, he stopped 33 of 36 shots, including several robberies.

2. Mikael Granlund, Wild: Assisted on two Jason Pominville goals; seven assists in 12 games after six in 27 games last year.

3. Marco Scandella, Wild: Assisted on Kyle Brodziak's goal and drew a penalty that led to Zach Parise's power-play goal.

By the numbers

19 Two-goal games, 23 game-winning goals for Pominville, playing his 600th game.

4 Power-play goals for Parise, tied for second in the NHL

2 Assists for Ryan Suter (first multi-point game).

7 Wild wins in past 21 meetings with Chicago (two in regulation).