ST. PAUL, Minn. Goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent surgery on Thursday to repair the sports hernia that caused him to miss the entire playoffs for the Minnesota Wild.
Backstrom, who tied for the league lead with 24 wins in the regular season, missed the entire playoffs after coming up with an injury in the pregame warmups of Minnesota's first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Backstrom had tried to return with the injury and practiced with the team, but he was unable to play again.
The Wild announced that the surgery, performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia, was successful and Backstrom is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2013-14 season.
Backup goalie Josh Harding started each game of the playoffs in Minnesota's 4-1 series loss to Chicago. Backstrom was 24-15-3 during the regular season with a 2.48 goalsagainst average and .909 save percentage. He started 26 of the team's final 27 games as the Wild looked to return to the...