Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom gives up embarrassing goal on fanned shot [VIDEO]
Last night, Backstrom gave up the sort of goal you'd expect to see during pickup games on Lake of the Isles.
With Josh Harding out for a few games for multiple sclerosis treatment, Niklas Backstrom has been holding down the net-minding duties for the Wild.
SEE ALSO: Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner photographed holding severed grizzly bear head [PHOTOS]
Suffice it to say the results haven't been pretty. Backstrom gave up five goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and then four more to the New York Rangers last night. Minnesota lost both games and after a hot start, and the Wild are now uncomfortably perched on the precipice of the Western Conference playoff picture.
The low point was the Rangers' final goal of last night's game. On a breakaway, forward Chris Kreider completely fanned on his shot -- only to watch as the slow-moving puck still somehow found its way between Backstrom's legs.
Here's the video:
In this case, we're being entirely sincere in proclaiming that you -- yes you, person who probably hasn't skated in years -- could've stopped that one.
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.