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Wild goalie Backstrom leaves with injury

Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 7:42 PM / News

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had to leave Thursday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens with an apparent leg injury.

Just 2:52 into the game, Backstrom kicked out his right leg to make a save on an Erik Cole shot and could not get back up.

He had to be was helped off the ice and was replaced by backup Josh Harding after making five saves on six shots.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery