Backstrom rebounded from a poor game Sunday against Calgary -- in which he was pulled in the first period -- to stymie the Lightning, making 13 saves in the final frame as the Wild finished a six-game homestand with a 4-2 record.
Mikko Koivu added an empty-netter for Minnesota, which pulled even with Chicago atop the Western Conference standings at 14-7-3.
Steven Stamkos notched his 15th goal of the season and Mathieu Garon made 21 saves for the Bolts.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]
Michael Sam cut from the Dallas Cowboys