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Paul Battaglia, Associated Press
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) battles for the puck with Minnesota Wild left wing Darroll Powe (14) and defenseman Nick Schultz (55) during the first period in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Frans Nielsen scored the only goal in the shootout while Al Montoya had his glove in good form, giving the New York Islanders their first extra-time victory of the season, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Andy McDonald scored in his first game back from injury in the second period for the Islanders, but Cal Clutterbuck tied it midway through the period. Niklas Backstrom stood strong in the Minnesota net, making 35 saves.

Backstrom kicked aside a wrist shot by John Tavares in the first round of the shootout but let Nielsen's sail over his head into the top of the net. Backstrom has given up 10 shootout goals on 20 shots this season. The Wild lost their second straight decision by shootout and are 0-1-2 since a seven-game winning streak.