Posted November 29, 2011 on AP on Fox

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 14: Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild in goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the game at the Honda Center on October 14, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Minnesota coach Mike Yeo didn't flinch after his goalie's rare flop. He went right back to Niklas Backstrom, and the Wild rode his glove to an important victory. Backstrom rebounded from a rough game and an early exit on an emotional evening with 32 saves, and the Wild stopped a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. ''He's been so good for us this year that he deserves that opportunity to bounce back after a game like that,'' Yeo said. Backstrom is 17-2-4 with a 1.91 goals against average in games after he has been pulled for performance and not injury. He, like many of the Wild players, was distracted by a ceremony honoring late teammate Derek Boogaard before Sunday's game. They lost that one 5-2 to Calgary, the same score of their defeat by Edmonton on Friday. This came after they won 10 of 12 going into Thanksgiving. Backstrom said it was ''huge'' to put the previous three days behind him. ''You can't think to...
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