ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had to fight being too comfortable in net during Sunday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Backstrom, Minnesota's veteran netminder, said he's maybe only seen one or two occasions in his entire hockey lifetime that he's been able to enjoy the view from his own crease quite like he could during the second period Sunday. The Wild's defense, which ranks as one of the best in the NHL, earned the sweetest retribution possible by completely shutting down Edmonton's offense.
Backstrom made nary a save in the second period. He wasn't needed. In a tamer rematch than expected 11 days ago when Oilers forward Taylor Hall kneed Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck in a dangerous play, the Wild were at their defensive best. The second period was the third time in team history Minnesota has held an opponent without a shot, the last time coming March 31, 2009.
No one had a better view of the shutdown effort...