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Wild goalie Backstrom hurt, out for Game 1 vs. Blackhawks

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Less than a half hour before Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, the Minnesota Wild were dealt a huge blow when starting goaltender Nicklas Backstrom was injured during warmups, apparently while reaching for a rebound. He had to be helped off the ice and down the tunnel to the dressing room.

That means Josh Harding will get the start for the Wild. Harding played in just five games this season, going 1-1-0 with a 3.24 goals-against average and a .863 save percentage. He started against the Blackhawks on Jan. 30 and gave up two goals on four shots in seven minutes before getting the hook.

Backstrom played 42 of 48 games this season for the Wild, going 24-15-3 with a 2.48 GAA and .909 save percentage.

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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.

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