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Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
Number: 32
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 192
Catches: Left
Born: Feb 13, 1978
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Minnesota on June 1, 2006.
Franchise’s leader in wins (141), shutouts (22), home shutouts (15), shutout streak (157:44), games played
(281), starts (272) and minutes played (16,191) and ranks second all-time on Wild list in GAA (2.42) and
SV% (.917)...Since entering NHL in 2006, and among goalies with 100 or more games played who have
played all five seasons, ranks sixth in GAA, eighth in SV%, tied for eighth in shutouts and 11th in wins…Was
a finalist for the Vezina Trophy in 2009...Has started 272 NHL games and has allowed two goals or less 150
times (55.1%) and allowed three goals or less 222 times (81.6%)...Is 117-16-17 when yielding two goals or
less...Is 58-23-13 with a 2.11 GAA and a .925 SV% against Northwest Division…Owns a 91-41-23 record, a
2.25 GAA and a .918 SV% all-time at Xcel Energy Center…Won back-to-back Finnish League Championships
in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Was 22-23-5 with a 2.66 GAA and a .916 SV% in 51 games…Win total was the lowest of his career...Tied
career-high with 47 saves in 3-2 loss at SJ (3/17)...Picked up assist and made 28 saves in 5-2 win vs. COL
(3/8)...5-4-1 with a 1.69 GAA, a .940 SV% and one shutout in February (2nd in SV%, T-3rd in GAA)...Made 38
saves in 2-1 SO loss vs. DET (2/20)...Made 40 saves in 1-0 loss at PHX (2/5)...Taylor Pyatt goal 2:20 into third
period stopped franchise record shutout streak at 157:44…Stopped 27 shots and all three shootout attempts
in 1-0 win vs. LA (2/1)...Made 31 saves in 4-2 win at CHI (1/25)...Stopped all 37 shots faced in 6-0 win at CGY
(1/19) after not playing in previous nine games...Stopped 62 of 64 shots faced in back-to-back wins against
CGY (12/18, 12/20)...Made 37 saves in 4-1 win at TB (11/14)...Stopped all 36 shots faced in 1-0 win vs. SJ
(11/2) for 20th career shutout...Made 34 saves and faced 10 power play chances in 4-2 win at EDM (10/21)...
Missed four games with hip flexor strain (1/8-1/14).

Won 26 games, posting a 2.72 GAA, a .903 SV% and two shutouts in 60 games…Recorded second career
assist vs. CGY (3/7)…Stopped 29 shots vs. VAN (1/13) to become franchise’s all-time leader with 114 wins…
Made 29 saves in 4-0 win at CGY (3/3)…Appeared in 200th NHL game vs. COL (12/21)…Won season-high
four straight starts (12/9-12/17) stopping 95 of 98 shots faced for a 0.74 GAA and a .969 SV%…Recorded
first shutout of the season in 22-save effort at COL (12/9)…Earned 66th career home win vs. NSH (12/2),
most wins by goaltender at Xcel Energy Center in team history…Made 37 saves in 5-2 win at TOR (11/10)
to record 100th career win…Missed five games with back injury (1/28-2/6), six games with groin injury

Went 37-24-8 with 2.33 GAA and .923 SV% in 71 starts...Set franchise records for wins, games played,
shutouts (eight), saves (1,900) and minutes played (4,088)...Ranked third in NHL in GAA, fourth in SV%, third
in shutouts, fifth in wins, third in games played and second in saves...Started team-record 20 straight games
3/3-4/10 (9-6-4, 2.58 GAA, .918 SV%., two shutouts)...Made 31 saves in 3-0 win vs. EDM (3/22) for 16th career shutout and 12th at Xcel Energy Center - both team records...Posted 34 saves for new team-record sixth shutout vs. ANA (2/4)...Stopped 17 of 21 shots faced in second period of 2009 NHL All-Star Game...Franchise record shutout streak stopped at 149:19 at PHI (1/8)...Made 28 saves at BOS (1/6) to record back-to-back shutouts for second time in career...Stopped all 33 shots in 2-0 win at COL (1/4) - first shutout in franchise history against COL...Won back-to-back shootouts (11/15 vs. CBJ, 11/18 at PIT)...Had 18-decision unbeaten streak (13-0-5) snapped in 4-2 loss at DAL (10/29).

Ranked eighth in NHL in GAA (2.31) and tied for ninth in wins...7-0-4 in his last 11 decisions to tie his own
team record for regulation unbeaten streak, with a 1.61 GAA and a .944 SV%...Went 6-0-0 in his last six home
starts with a 0.83 GAA and a .970 SV%...Made 33 saves in 4-1 win at CBJ (2/2) to help Wild win both games
in Columbus after winning just once at Nationwide Arena in previous six seasons...Saw the most shots in his
career (51) and made the most saves (47) of his career vs. DET (12/22)...A 5-3 loss at CGY (10/24) marked
first regulation loss in 19 starts (15-1-2) since a 3-0 loss vs. SJ (3/16/07)...Stopped 21 shots for second
shutout in three games and third in a row vs. EDM in 2-0 win (10/10)…Made 27 saves for sixth NHL shutout
in 1-0 win over CHI (10/4) in home opener... Missed two games with groin strain (10/28, 10/30)…Started all
six games in Western Conference Quarterfinal series vs. Colorado stopping 153 of 170 shots faced for a 2.83
GAA and a .900 SV%…Made 44 saves in a 3-2 OT win in Game 3 at Pepsi Center (4/14).

Ranked first in the NHL with a 1.97 GAA and a .929 SV% in 41 games...Teamed with Manny Fernandez to win
2006-07 William Jennings Trophy as the Wild allowed a league-low 191 goals...Allowed three goals or less in
38 of his 41 appearances...Recorded back-to-back shutouts vs. EDM (4/3-4/5) and carried a shutout into the
second period vs. STL (4/7) for a 142:47 shutout streak...Posted 1.53 GAA and .937 SV% during franchiserecord seven-game winning streak (3/8-3/20) including one shutout...Named NHL’s First Star of the Week on Feb. 26 after going 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .933 SV% in three starts and became the fifth player in team history to be recognized as Player of the Week...Notched first career NHL point with an assist at DAL (2/6)...Stopped all 28 shots faced to record first career shutout vs. PHX (11/24)...Made 25 saves for third straight relief win at NSH (11/16)...Made 35 saves in first NHL start, a 3-2 loss at ANA (11/12)...Became first goalie in the modern NHL era (since 1943) to post two career wins in zero career starts, stopping all 19 shots faced in relief vs. VAN (11/2)...Missed one game with a lower-body injury (3/1)…Posted a 2.22 GAA and a .924 SV% starting all five games in Western Conference Quarterfinal series vs. Anaheim stopping 134 of 145 shots faced…Made 32 saves in 2-1 loss at Anaheim (4/11) in NHL playoff debut.

Ranked first in the Finnish Elite League with a career-low 1.68 GAA and finished second with a .939 SV%.

Collected his third consecutive winning season for Karpat Oulu en route to leading them to their second consecutive Finnish Championship.

Was named the Finnish Elite League Goaltender of Year in his second season with Karpat
Oulu...Was named Playoff MVP after returning from a knee injury and leading Karpat to
the league Championship.

Appeared in two games for Finland’s bronze medal team at 2010 Olympics going 1-0-0 with a 1.09 GAA, .952 SV% and one shutout…Made 24 saves in 5-0 win vs. Germany in only start…Was a member of Finland’s silver medal team at the 2006 Winter Olympics and Finland’s bronze medal team at the 2006 World Championship, but did not see action in either tournament...Appeared in five games with Finland at the 2005 and 2008 World Championships.

Signed by Minnesota as a free agent, June 1, 2006.

Niklas Oskar Bäckström resides in Helsinki, Finland during the offseason… Nicknames are “Nik” and “Backy”…Enjoys playing tennis and golf, fishing, watching movies and listening to music in his free time…First job was as a warehouse worker…Would most like to meet James Hatfield and Bono…Lists the lakes as his favorite part of Minnesota…If not for hockey, would like to play soccer, his favorite non-hockey sport…Favorite meal is sushi…lists “Entourage,” “Deadliest Catch” and “Friends” as his favorite television shows.

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