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Wild Shuts Out Blues For Second Preseason Win

Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 9:27 PM

Glen Andresen - Manager of Social Media

Buoyed by a sparkling goaltending performance from a former Vezina trophy finalist and a Calder Cup finalist, the Minnesota Wild's youngsters gutted out a 1-0 preseason road victory in St. Louis.

Niklas Backstrom made his preseason debut on Thursday behind a lineup that had Eric Nystrom, Brad Staubitz and Jared Spurgeon as the only skaters who saw significant NHL ice time last year. Backstrom was up to the challenge, turning away all 18 shots faced through two periods. Matt Hackett, seeing action in his second straight preseason game, came on in relief and stopped 14 shots in the third period.

The goaltending brilliance made Warren Peters' second period tally the game-winner. Backstrom earned an assist on the goal, as did tryout defenseman Jordan Hendry.

New Head Coach Mike Yeo has preached defensive responsibility since training camp started, and he had to like what he saw from a crop of defensemen all battling for spots on the big club.

The Wild killed five St. Louis power plays, including one in the final three minutes to preserve the victory. After not winning a preseason game in North America last year, the Wild is 2-0-0 in the preseason for the first time since 2006.

Minnesota will go for a third preseason win at home on Friday when Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi make their Wild preseason debuts against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
16:33
MIN
Warren Peters (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jordan Hendry (1), Niklas Backstrom (1)
1 - 0 MIN
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:32
MIN
Chay Genoway  Interference  - 2 min against  Tyler Shattock
06:03
MIN
Colton Gillies  Tripping  - 2 min against  Kevin Shattenkirk
08:54
STL
Brett Ponich  Roughing  - 2 min against  Brad Staubitz
15:28
MIN
Justin Falk  Hooking  - 2 min against  Chris Porter
17:20
MIN
Jordan Hendry  Holding  - 2 min against  Andy McDonald
2nd Period
02:43
STL
Anthony Peluso served by Philip McRae  Boarding  - 2 min against  Eric Nystrom
02:43
STL
Anthony Peluso  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brad Staubitz
02:43
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Anthony Peluso
06:47
STL
Chris Porter  Hi stick - double minor  - 4 min against  Kristopher Foucault
07:13
STL
Anthony Nigro  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brett Bulmer
3rd Period
16:18
MIN
Jared Spurgeon  Boarding  - 2 min against  Philip McRae
goalie stats
Matt Hackett
SA: 14TOI: 20:00
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 18TOI: 40:00
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 17TOI: 58:51
GA: 1SV%: .941
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