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Wild G Niklas Backstrom hurt his right leg crashing into post in 1st period against Nashville

Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom has hurt his right leg in the first period against the Nashville Predators, knocking him out of the game.

The Wild said after the first period Tuesday night that Backstrom will be evaluated Wednesday for a lower body injury.

Backstrom was pushed back into the post at 11:14 of the first when Wild defenceman Keith Ballard tripped Predators forward Eric Nystrom on a breakaway. Nystrom crashed into Backstrom, knocking him backward with his right leg hitting the post.

The goalie slowly skated off the ice and went to the locker room.

Josh Harding gave up a goal on Nystrom's first career penalty shot.

Backstrom is 0-0-2 this season. He tied for the NHL lead with 24 wins last season.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild