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Wild goalie Backstrom leaves game after collision

Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 8:16 PM / News

By Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom left the game Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the first period with an apparent head injury.

With a little less than 13 minutes remaining, Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri skated into the crease and collided with Backstrom, appearing to contact the goaltender’s head with his elbow.

Backstrom lay motionless on the ice for several seconds before being tended to on the ice. He stayed in the game until 10:31 remained before being replaced by Josh Harding.

Kadri was assessed a two-minute penalty for goaltender interference.

Backstrom, making his first start since Oct. 28, made three saves before exiting the scoreless game. He missed nearly two weeks with a strained knee earlier this 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