Stat Line Of The Night — 11/8/11 — Niklas Backstrom
The Minnesota Wild may not have been the best team on the ice at the Saddledome last night, but they had the best goalie, and that was all they needed.
After backing up Josh Harding for four straight games, all Wild wins, Niklas Backstrom was given the opportunity to return to the starting role, and he made the most of it. The Flames dominated the Wild, out-shooting them 41-25. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t solve Backstrom, who stopped all 41 shots directed his way, en route to the 3-0 shutout victory.
It took Backstrom nine starts to earn his first shutout of the 2011-12 season, but he has it, and he also earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, November 8, 2011.