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Backstrom’s 48-save shutout ends Wild’s 7-game losing streak

Feb 19, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

Niklas Backstrom

Niklas Backstrom now has four shutouts this season and they haven’t come easy. This is the third time he’s silenced the opposition despite facing at least 37 shots through 60 minutes. Still, this was arguably his best performance of 2011-12 as Backstrom kicked out 48 Bruins shots, including 22 in the third period alone, to lead the Wild to a 2-0 victory over Boston.

Chad Rau scored his second career NHL goal in the second period and, as was the case with his first goal, it proved to be the game winner. Matt Cullen added some insurance with a power-play goal just 5:15 minutes later.

Tyler Seguin recorded six shots on goal, but he now has just three points in his last 10 games. Patrice Bergeron, who leads the Bruins in points, was one of just two Boston players to finish the game without a shot on goal. Between the pipes, Tim Thomas was unable to secure his 25th win of the season, but he did snap his three-start streak of allowing three goals per game.

This victory was desperately needed by the Minnesota Wild, who lost their previous seven contests. Minnesota has dropped to 12th place in the Western Conference and they’ll need to turn things around quickly if they want to make the playoffs. The Wild will get a three day breather before their scheduled contest against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. They’ll then play the Dallas Stars on Friday in a critical meeting between two teams trying to claw their way into the playoff race.

For the Boston Bruins, the Northeast Division title is there’s to lose, but they might do just that if they fail to break out of their current funk. Boston has now lost six of their last nine games. They’ll play in St. Louis on Wednesday and the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. They’ll follow that up with a key home-and-home series against their closest competitor in the division, the Ottawa Senators.

  1. drewzducks - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Someone may want to show the Bruins a tape of the 2011 Red Sox

    • dropthepuckeh - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      1st in division and 2nd in conference, settle down Francis. Bruins play best when back against the wall., look at the three game 7’s last year…..much better videos.

      • jdubs21 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        Bruins play better when the refs put away the whistles.

  2. 8man - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    B’s being a little snake bit. Getting lots of shots on goal lately and very few getting in. Add that to the fact that they are a little banged up and you get losses.

    Still in first in the Northeast and that means they still have the second seed. No worries.

    Go Bruins!

  3. dumptrucked - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Wild fans (I am a diehard myself) must not get excited. Backstrom was the only reason they won. They often looked overmatched, and embarrassing. The difference was that they capitalized on thief chances and at times won the battles in the corner. They still gave up way too many premium chances and quality uncontested point shots. The Wild will finish 12th or worse in the West, hate to say it but they lack all sorts of attributes.

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