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Wild's Backstrom left Finland, struggles with country's storied pro team behind

Published 10/11/2010, St. Paul Pioneer Press / MCT

It's hard to believe that Niklas Backstrom, the Minnesota Wild's No. 1 goaltender for 3 1/2 seasons and the man who carries a good share of the team's playoffs ambitions on his square shoulders this season, became so anxious during the 1999-2000 hockey season here that it threatened his hockey future.

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