Watch Niklas Backstrom’s failed clearance lead to go-ahead goal for Predators (VIDEO)

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Tuesday was "Ryan Suter Welcomes His Former Friends" night at Xcel Energy Center as the Minnesota Wild hosted the Nashville Predators.

With the game tied 1-1 and just over 11 minutes to play in the third period, Niklas Backstrom came out of his crease to play a loose puck, just beating Martin Erat to it. Unfortunately for Backstrom, he telegraphed where he was going with the puck allowing Erat to force the turnover and score:

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How lonely did Backstrom feel as he dove to the ice in a failed effort to disrupt Erat's waltz to an empty net?

The goal would end up being the game winner for the Predators during their 3-1 victory. David Legwand would add a power play tally with 17 seconds to go to double their lead.

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