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NHL: Colorado 5, Minnesota 4

DENVER, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Nathan MacKinnon scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal with 2:25 to play Thursday and Colorado held on for a hectic 5-4 win over Minnesota.

NHL: Colorado 4, Minnesota 2

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Ryan O'Reilly returned from an injury absence with two goals Saturday, staking the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over Minnesota.

NHL: Minnesota 4, Phoenix 1

GLENDALE, Ariz., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Justin Fontaine completed a hat trick during Minnesota's strong third period Thursday to give the Wild a 4-1 win over Phoenix.

NHL: Minnesota 5, Washington 3

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Ryan Suter logged the first hat trick of his career Saturday and the Minnesota Wild bested Washington 5-3 despite launching only 11 shots.

NHL: Minnesota 4, Buffalo 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Marco Scandella touched off a three-goal Minnesota second period Thursday and the Wild went on to end a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 decision over Buffalo.

NHL: Winnipeg 6, Minnesota 4

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Blake Wheeler's second goal of the game gave Winnipeg the lead for good Friday and the Jets held on to record a hectic 6-4 victory over Minnesota.

NHL: Philadelphia 4, Minnesota 1

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Wayne Simmonds scored a pair of goals Monday and the Philadelphia Flyers went into the holiday break with a 4-1 victory over Minnesota.

NHL: New York Rangers 4, Minnesota 1

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Cam Talbot stopped 24-of-25 shots Sunday and the New York Rangers scored four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory over Minnesota.

NHL: Pittsburgh 5, Minnesota 2

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Chris Kunitz completed a Pittsburgh offensive outburst during the first half of the contest Thursday and the Penguins went on to dispose of Minnesota 5-2.

NHL: San Jose 3, Minnesota 1

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The San Jose Sharks defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1 Thursday at SAP Center thanks in part to two power-play goals from Joe Pavelski.

NHL: Columbus 4, Minnesota 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Curtis McElhinney, forced into the role of No. 1 goaltender, recorded his first shutout of the season Friday in carrying Columbus to a 4-0 win over Minnesota.

NHL: Phoenix 3, Minnesota 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Radim Vrbata scored twice Wednesday in helping Phoenix end a three-game skid with a 3-1 win over Minnesota.

NHL: St. Louis 3, Minnesota 0

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Alexander Steen ended a brief scoring slump with a pair of goals and Jaroslav Halak posted a shutout Monday in the St. Louis Blues' 3-0 defeat of Minnesota.

NHL: Minnesota 3, Winnipeg 2 (SO)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Charlie Coyle scored in the fourth round of a shootout Saturday and the Minnesota Wild stayed on a roll with a 3-2 win over division rival Winnipeg.

NHL: Minnesota 2, Toronto 1 (SO)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Zach Parise and Jason Pominville scored shootout goals Wednesday to bring Minnesota a 2-1 decision over Toronto.
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Niklas Backstrom
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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Niklas Backstrom."
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