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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's Josh Harding has been one of the best goaltenders in the NHL this season, but he was supposed to have the night off Wednesday against Toronto as he was feeling under the weather.
That meant Niklas Backstrom got the start in net for the Wild, just the seventh game of the season for the veteran goalie. Backstrom's night lasted just 8:31, however, as he took a hit to the head from Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri.
Feeling less than 100 percent, Harding filled in and once again came up huge for the Wild, who beat the Leafs 2-1 in a shootout. Harding stopped 19 of 20 shots he faced and blanked Toronto in the shootout as Minnesota improved to 11-4-4 on the season.
"I don't think anyone can be surprised anymore with how well he's playing. He did it again," said Wild forward Zach Parise, who scored the equalizer late in the third period. "He made some big saves in the shootout again. It was great."
Backstrom took a Kadri f...
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Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom left Wednesday night's game against Toronto in the first period with an apparent injury.
Starting his first game since Oct. 28, Backstrom was run over by Toronto's Nazem Kadri 7 minutes into the game, and lay flat on the ice for about 30 seconds before slowly sitting up. Kadri's elbow appeared to hit Backstrom in the head.
The Minnesota Wild has assigned forward Mike Rupp to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning loan. The team also announced today it has placed defenseman Keith Ballard on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury suffered Nov. 5 against Calgary.
Rupp was designated Injured, Non-Roster on Sept. 30 with a lower-body injury and has not appeared in a game...
Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Panthers after getting bowled over last night against Toronto, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports.
Backstrom left Wednesday’s contest following a first-period collision with Nazem Kadri. The Toronto forward was given a goalie interference minor on the play, and had phone hearing this morning with...
Zach Parise and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Parise tied the game late in the third period for Minnesota, which has won five of six and is 8-1-2 in its last 11. The Wild have been involved in three straight shootouts -- winning two.
Mason Raymond scored a power-play goal for...
One of the few losses for Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Hardingthis season came against the lowly Florida Panthers.Harding will start Friday night when the Wild look to avengethat defeat and hand the Panthers a ninth straight road loss.Minnesota (11-4-4) has been led all season by Harding, whois 10-2-2 with an NHL-best 1.21 goals-against average.Harding did not start Wednesday due to...
In night filled with questionable hits, one in particular during a rough and tumble tilt between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center appears to have drawn the attention of the NHL. With thirteen minutes remaining in the first period, Leafs center Nazem Kadri absolutely trucked Wild goaltender […]The post Leafs’ Nazem Kadri to have...
Nazem Kadri will be the talk of the NHL after he was involved in two dirty plays against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. The first came as he ran over goaltender Niklas Backstrom. As if that wasn't enough, he followed it up with a hit to the head of Mikael Granlund which forced the officials to hand out a match penalty.
Ugly stuff from Kadri. His hit on Backstrom...
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri steamrolled Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom in the middle of the goal crease during the first period of Wednesday night's NHL game in Saint Paul.
Not only was it a blatant collision on Kadri's part, but he elbowed Backstrom in the head as he knocked him to the ice. After Backstrom got up, he was only able to stay in the...
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri drew ire and plenty of criticism for a collision with Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom on Wednesday.
Backstrom, 35, tried to play through the pain but eventually made way for Josh Harding. That might sound like a blessing in disguise for Minnesota because Harding’s been so dominant, but Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston points out that...
The Minnesota Wild have earned at least one point in nine of 10 games since suffering consecutive regulation losses for the only time this season.
The first of those defeats came to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Riding a five-game point streak, the Wild look for a fourth straight home victory while trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Brian Burke is no longer throwing words around like “truculence” as Toronto’s general manager, but Randy Carlyle, the no-nonsense, brusque coach he hired to command the Maple Leafs, is still there.
Carlyle, as the Wild knows from his days coaching Anaheim, loves the rough stuff.
In fact, the Wild got so pushed around during its first-round series loss to the Ducks during...
Minnesota Wild (11-4-4) 26pts 3rd in the Central
2.53 Goals For (20th)
2.00 Goals Against (3rd)
22.2% Power Play (T-4th)
77.8% Penalty Kill (27th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 9G 7A = 16pts
2. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 11G 3A = 14pts
3. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 2G 11A = 13pts
4. #64 Mikael Granlund ~ 2G 10A = 12pts
5. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 0G 11A...