Highlights: Wild goalie too tough for Blackhawks
Niklas Backstrom probably figured it was going to be his night when the Wild goaltender made it out of the pregame warm-up unscathed.
When the Wild and Blackhawks met in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals in April, Backstrom suffered a season-ending sports hernia before puck drop and had to watch the rest of the series as his team fell in five contests.
On Saturday night, Backstrom not only finished the game but stood tall in it as the netminder made 33 saves to stymie the Hawks during the Wild’s 5-3 victory in front of a United Center crowd of 21,521. The Hawks had their seven-game points streak snapped as they lost for the second consecutive contest to drop to 6-2-3.