Backstrom's relief effort sparks Wild in shootout win

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2013 - 6:40 AM

The Wild got goal support beyond its first line, and goalie Niklas Backstrom was spotless after starter Josh Harding was yanked less than seven minutes into the game.

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yathinksoJan. 30, 1310:03 PM

Outplayed badly for most of the game, but a win is a win. To all the Cullen bashers...in your face. Yet another horrible game by Granlund.

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jcmac55Jan. 30, 1310:08 PM

10th in the west at best! This is NOT a good team. They got lucky!

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lindy_frank123Jan. 30, 1310:09 PM

grandlund continues to turn the puck over...he's liability and needs to go south...give one of these other kids a chance...i can't believe what Fletcher said...better than anything we have in Houston? really? bring one of those houston guys up and let's judge for ourselves...he's not ready Cliff

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lindy_frank123Jan. 30, 1310:15 PM

@jcmac55...11th? not with their talent...they just beat the best team in the NHL...they'll get better believe me... but let's see Zucker or Coyle and see that they can do...

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downsideupJan. 30, 1310:26 PM

Great win. But I am concerned about Harding. It's a tough situation, but they may to look into a solution sooner, rather than later. And maybe just for his health. Not for the MS, but because he could get hurt. Hope he is ok.

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floridascottJan. 30, 1310:34 PM

Bouchard was just a joy to watch tonight. If the Wild can get 45 games out of PMB this year the second line will be just fine.

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mkia130johnJan. 30, 1310:42 PM

Wild were badly outworked both games, did they outwork Columbus ? No, Did they outwork Chicago ? No.. Would they have lost both games if they were on the road and the other team had the last line change ? Yes ... Are the veterans mad that the management is playing a player that is CURRENTLY not strong enough or fast enough to play as of yet and is a big defensive liability (Grandlund)? Yes, would not you be. Its not like this guy is playing a 4th line roll, he is playing a regular shift on what they are calling a second line. You just can't make stuff like this up, its absurd

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don50Jan. 30, 1311:43 PM

Yeo said tonight that Granlund is better than anything the organization has in Houston. If he is right, God help us, we are doomed...

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caferevJan. 30, 1311:52 PM

Funny, on these boards last year, I said it again and again: Granlund isn't the stud in the prospect list; he's too small and slow to play at this level. I said it and pointed out that Coyle, Bulmer, Larsson, and Zucker are the types that will find valuable roles up here. But most people shot me down. And here we are, pretending this guy is ready for this level of play. It's so hard for the egos in management to admit they're wrong. Only an idiot would say that Zucker wouldn't be twice as effective right now.

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joycen62Jan. 30, 1311:55 PM

Every Wild player should go out and buy lottery tickets tonight. Yeah, they beat the Black Hawks, but the Exel Center was so quiet until Sharp? hit the crosspipe to donate the win to the Wild. I know the Black Hawks will be in the playoffs. They won 6 games in eight days. The Wild had a hard time winning 2 games in 4 days.

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