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Wild lose to Predators 3-2, 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 Nashville.

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.

Backstrom was pushed back into the post at 11:14 of the first when Wild defenseman Keith Ballard tripped Predators forward Eric Nystrom on a breakaway. Nystrom crashed into Backstrom, knocking him backward with his right leg hitting the post.

The goalie slowly skated off the ice and went to the locker room.

Josh Harding gave up a goal on Nystrom's first career penalty shot.

Backstrom is 0-0-2 this season. He tied for the NHL lead with 24 wins last season.

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