Backstrom gets starting nod in goal against Bruins

Updated: March 7, 2007, 3:23 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Niklas Backstrom will be the starting goalie when the Minnesota Wild play at Boston on Thursday night, coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Backstrom, who is 9-3-2 since original starter Manny Fernandez initially sprained his knee on Jan. 20, was removed after allowing three goals in two periods of the Wild's 3-0 loss to San Jose on Tuesday. Fernandez played the third, his first appearance since Jan. 30.

After Wednesday's practice, Lemaire smiled when asked if he wants to give Fernandez a start during this two-game road trip to Boston and Buffalo.

"Maybe. We'll see," Lemaire said.

Fernandez, who stopped the only two shots he faced against the Sharks, declined comment Wednesday.

Josh Harding, who was brought up from the Wild's top minor-league affiliate, the Houston Aeros, when Fernandez was hurt, will remain on Minnesota's roster for the rest of the season as insurance.

"You never know what's going to happen in this game," Lemaire said.


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