Wild lose to Predators, Backstrom hurt

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson scored a power-play goal 39 seconds apart in the first period, and the Nashville Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 Tuesday night in their home opener.

Eric Nystrom added his first career penalty shot goal all in the first period for Nashville, matching the goals the Predators had totaled in losing the first two games. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 32 saves.

Zach Parise scored a power-play goal, and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild.

Minnesota lost goalie Niklas Backstrom to a lower body injury in the first when Nystrom crashed into him after being tripped on a breakaway. The Wild said Backstrom will be evaluated Wednesday.

Josh Harding replaced Backstrom, but he gave up the goal to Nystrom.



 
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