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Backstrom loses grip on No. 1 job

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07:23 AM ET 11.11 | Niklas Backstrom may fully understand the situation, but that doesn't make it any easier. Backstrom has grown accustomed to being the Wild's No. 1 goaltender ever since, the franchise's career leader with 185 victories and 375 appearances to prove it. But Backstrom, 35, has started five games this season. [Josh Harding] relieved the injured Backstrom on Oct. 8 in Nashville and hasn't relinquished the net yet. Harding has started 12 of the past 15 games and leads the NHL with a 1.22 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. ... So whether the Wild wants to label it or not, Harding has taken the reins as the Wild's No. 1 goaltender for the first time in his career. "He's playing great. It's fun to watch," said Backstrom, whose NHL career began because of a training camp injury to Harding in 2006.

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November 11, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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One of the season's great stories so far.

No kidding - this guy is an inspiration.

Now if only Bernier would stop scoring on himself, the Leafs would have a decided #1 goalie, too.

Appears that Reimer isn't going to EDM now.

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November 11, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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One of the season's great stories so far.

Also one of FN's greatest pic's.

Yep. He looks like one of those aliens, with a tiny head, from MIB.

November 11, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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One of the season's great stories so far.Also one of FN's greatest pic's.

he is looking at Selanne in the "Chili" picture

November 11, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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The competition is better. Nobody's complaining about the goaltending on this team. The rest of the team is the problem.

I was counting Kessel giveaways on Saturday night until I ran out of fingers and toes. :)

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November 11, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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he is looking at Selanne in the "Chili" picture

So he's thinking about the #2 job?

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November 11, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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So he looks like the taxi driver from Wings?

That's the guy. He had a small part though.

November 11, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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He doesn't perform against Boston unless it's the postseason.

That might not be a problem this season if the team can't learn how to play 3 periods of actual hockey.

At least JVR looks comfortable at centre. lol

What happened to the great Kadri experiment?

November 11, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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So he looks like the taxi driver from Wings?

Denny Laine?

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November 11, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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Denny Laine?

LOL - Different Wings Spiny.

November 11, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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LOL - Different Wings Spiny.

oh good. I would hate to think he'd fallen so far. Always a fan

November 11, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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oh good. I would hate to think he'd fallen so far. Always a fan

I posted this on the weekend but there's not a lot of 'views' on Sat.

The ACC is forbidden to play the new McCartney album. Especially,

"Queenie eye, queenie eye, who's got the ball"

November 11, 2013  10:57 AM ET

November 11, 2013  03:10 PM ET

Looks like Stamkos might have broken his leg sliding into the goal post against the B's.

November 11, 2013  04:23 PM ET
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Looks like Stamkos might have broken his leg sliding into the goal post against the B's.

I saw a report...3-6 months...ouch

 
November 11, 2013  04:57 PM ET
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Looks like Stamkos might have broken his leg sliding into the goal post against the B's.

Man tough luck. Hard to believe the way those post come off so easily.

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