May 8, 2013
Wild lose Game 4, goalie vs. Blackhawks
Bad to worse for Minnesota as Harding injured in first period
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg challenges Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck during Game 4 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., May 7, 2013. (ANDY KING/Reuters)

ST. PAUL, MINN. - The gigantic “Fight to the End” mural on the outside of the Xcel Energy Center is a little vague, but it’s catchier than “Fight ‘til Thursday.”

Either way, it doesn’t look like the Minnesota Wild will survive another 48 hours in these cursed NHL playoffs.

It’s probably for the best. Any more games and they won’t have any players left.

Nobody knows who this franchise betrayed in another life, but the Wild are paying for it now as they’ve dropped three games and two goalies through the first four dates of their Western Conference quarterfinal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

They began the post-season with Nik Backstrom and Josh Harding in net, but 10 periods into this Greek tragedy they both got injured and the Wild are down 3-1 in the series heading back to Chicago. Their faint hope is now in the hands of a 23-year-old rookie who’s never been in an NHL playoff series before.



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