Apr 7, 2013, 8:54 PM EST
It’s hard to take any positives out of a start when you don’t even make a single save. Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom surrendered goals on the first two shots of Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings before being yanked just 3:07 minutes into the contest.
Minnesota went on to lose its third game in a row, but they went back with its top netminder on Sunday and Backstrom took the opportunity to put that start firmly behind him.
It was Backstrom’s second shutout of the season. He also became the first goaltender of 2013 to reach the 20-win mark.
With this victory, Minnesota is back on track with 46 points in 38 games. That gives them a six point cushion on the ninth place Phoenix Coyotes. They also kept the pressure on the Northwest Division leading Vancouver Canucks, who only have a two point edge on the Wild.
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