Niklas Backstrom will undergo surgery for sports hernia

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Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a lower body injury just before Game 1 of the team’s first-round series of the NHL Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks during pre-game warm ups. Backstrom missed the remainder of the series while Josh Harding did an admirable job, but now that the Blackhawks have eliminated the Minnesota Wild from the postseason, we are learning the exact extent of Backstrom’s injury.

According to Backstrom, he missed the series with a sports hernia that will require surgery.

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