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With Harding hurt, Wild call up goalie Gustafsson to be Backstrom's backup

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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With Harding hurt, Wild call up goalie Gustafsson to be Backstrom's backup

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild have recalled goalie Johan Gustafsson from the AHL, after a lower-body injury that forced Josh Harding out of the last game after two periods.

Gustafsson was 2-0 with a 1.99 goals against average in three games this season for the Iowa Wild. The sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft played in his native Sweden last season and has not appeared in an NHL game. He'll be the backup to Niklas Backstrom when the Wild play at Chicago Saturday.

Coach Mike Yeo said after practice Friday that Harding was feeling better but won't travel to the game.

Backstrom's relief appearance for Harding Thursday in the win over Carolina was his first action since he suffered a lower-body injury Oct. 8.

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