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NHL: Chicago 5, Minnesota 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist Monday and the Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a 5-1 win over Minnesota.

NHL: Minnesota 5, Chicago 3

CHICAGO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Jason Pominville scored a pair of goals Saturday and the Minnesota Wild handed Chicago its first regulation home loss of the season, 5-3.

NHL: Minnesota 3, Carolina 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Early goals by Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise Thursday sent Minnesota to a 3-1 win over Carolina during which both starting goaltenders were injured.

NHL: Minnesota 5, Dallas 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Justin Fontaine and Matt Dumba each scored their first career NHL goal Saturday and the Minnesota Wild cruised past Dallas 5-1.

NHL: Nashville 3, Minnesota 2

NASHVILLE, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The Nashville Predators scored three goals in the first period Tuesday and held off the visiting Minnesota Wild 3-2.

NHL: Anaheim 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Mathieu Perreault scored with 5 seconds left in overtime Saturday, letting the Anaheim Ducks slip by Minnesota 4-3.

NHL: Los Angeles 3, Minnesota 2 (SO)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Goals by Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter in the shootout Thursday brought Los Angeles a season-opening 3-2 decision over Minnesota.
Goalie Niklas Backstrom signs 3-year deal with Wild

Goalie Niklas Backstrom signs 3-year deal with Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 24 (UPI) -- Goaltender Niklas Backstrom and the Minnesota Wild have agreed on a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday.

NHL: Minnesota 3, Chicago 2 (OT)

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 5 (UPI) -- Jason Zucker scored 2:15 into overtime Sunday and the Minnesota Wild edged Chicago 3-2 to get back into their first-round Western Conference series.

NHL: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2

CHICAGO, May 4 (UPI) -- Michael Frolik gave Chicago an early lead Friday and Patrick Sharp broke things open in the third period to bring the Blackhawks a 5-2 triumph over Minnesota.

NHL: Chicago 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)

CHICAGO, May 1 (UPI) -- Bryan Bickell scored 16:35 into overtime Tuesday, propelling the Chicago Blackhawks over Minnesota 2-1 in their first-round playoff series opener.

NHL: Minnesota 3, Colorado 1

DENVER, April 27 (UPI) -- Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves Saturday, propelling the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over Colorado and their first playoff berth in five years.

NHL: Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 24 (UPI) -- Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart in the first period Tuesday and Minnesota went on to post a crucial 2-1 win over Los Angeles.

NHL: Calgary 4, Minnesota 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 21 (UPI) -- Calgary's Joey MacDonald made 34 saves Sunday and the Flames continued a late-season roll with a 4-1 win over Minnesota.

NHL: San Jose 6, Minnesota 1

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- Martin Havlat and Logan Couture both had two goals in a San Jose onslaught Thursday that brought the Sharks a 6-1 win over Minnesota.
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Minnesota Wild backup goalie Niklas Backstrom of Finland watches Avalanche warmup at the Pepsi Center in Denver on March 31, 2007. Backstrom did not play in the Wild's 2-1 loss to the Avalanche. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Niklas Oskar Bäckström (born February 13, 1978) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has won both William M. Jennings Trophy and Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award. He also has won both Urpo Ylönen trophy and Jari Kurri trophy twice. Bäckström is a Swedish-speaking Finn.

Niklas Bäckström won the 1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships as a backup goaltender for the Finnish national team, along with players like Olli Jokinen, Niklas Hagman, Mika Noronen, Niko Kapanen, Toni Dahlman and Eero Somervuori. Bäckström was the third goaltender for Team Finland in the 2006 Winter Olympics, but did not play any games. In the Finnish SM-liiga he played for HIFK, SaiPa and Kärpät. Bäckström led Kärpät to two consecutive league titles in 2004 and 2005. Bäckström signed a one-year contract with the Wild on June 1, 2006.

At the beginning of the 2006–2007 season, Bäckström was the backup for the Wild's starting goaltender, Manny Fernandez. Fernandez suffered a knee injury mid-season and Bäckström was forced into the starting position. Bäckström played exceptionally over the second half of the season, finishing first in the league in both goals against average (GAA) and save percentage, while tying Dwayne Roloson's team record with five shutouts in just 36 starts.

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