Out of the five goals scored against Backstrom, only one could be solely blamed on him. The remaining four are credited to the Wild defense, which looked down right awful last night.
So in today's chalk talk, we look at the Wild defense on those four goals (you can click on the link before each goal to watch the video in real time).
Could Backstrom have made saves on these plays? Sure. But to put the blame for this solely on him is ridiculous. Take any of the league's best goalies and put them in Backstrom's shoes last night and see how many of these plays end up being goals. Good chance the Jets still score on these four plays.
We can all sit here and wish for Harding to come back. But when your defense gives you efforts like that last night, it makes no difference who is in net.
Play better defense, you win that game. How many teams can say they got Ondrej Pavelec pulled in the first period after three goals, and ended up losing the game? Not many, if any.
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