Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/2/14
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Niklas Backstrom had never had a concussion before, but the Wild goalie knew enough about head injuries to take nothing for granted. After practicing with his team Friday for the first time in 10 days, Backstrom said he felt good, but he couldn’t predict what the next day might bring. It’s doubtful that anyone could have envisioned the strange scenario that unfolded at MTS Centre on Saturday. About halfway through the Wild’s warmup before its game against Winnipeg, goalie Josh Harding left the ice with a leg injury. “Some of the guys told me to get into the net,” said Backstrom, who was hurt on Nov. 13 and had played 11 minutes this month. “I didn’t really know what happened. You just try to prepare yourself to be ready.” With Harding in the trainer’s room and backup Darcy Kuemper at the airport, Backstrom proved he was more than ready in a 3-2 shootout victory. His play kept the Wild stable through a dreadful first period and allowed it to find its groove as it improved to 9-1-1 ...
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