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               === Wild's Backstrom has sports hernia surgery ===
 
 St.  Paul,  MN (Sports  Network) - Minnesota  Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom
 underwent successful sports hernia surgery on Thursday.
 
 Backstrom,  who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is expected
 to be fully recovered in time for the beginning of the 2013-14.
 
 The  35-year-old  Finn was  injured during  pregame warmups before Minnesota's
 playoff  opener in  Chicago. Josh Harding started all five games of the Wild's
 first-round loss to the Blackhawks.
 
 Backstrom  went 24-15-3  with a  2.48 goals-against  average and  a .909  save
 percentage in the regular season.
 
 
 05/16 15:07:43 ET