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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.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round