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Minnesota Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom to undergo hip surgery @NHLdotcom

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild all-star goalie Niklas Backstrom will have surgery on his left hip.

The operation will be performed Friday in Vail, Colo., by Dr. Marc Philippon. He's the same surgeon who operated on the hip of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in March.

Backstrom started 71 of 82 games and went 37-24-8. His .923 save percentage ranked fifth in the NHL during the regular season. His 2.33 goals-against average was third in the league.

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