May 9, 2013
Hobbled Harding gets start for Minnesota Wild
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews (19) after he slides through the crease with the puck during the third period of Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal hockey playoff series in St. Paul, Minnesota May 5, 2013. (REUTERS)

With Nik Backstrom in pain and Darcy Kuemper in over his 23-year-old head, Josh Harding will limp into net for Minnesota tonight.

Harding, who left after one period of Game 4 with a leg or hip injury, got the start after coach Mike Yeo had long talks with all three goalies at the morning skate in an effort to find out who gives him his best chance to avoid elimination in Game 5.

There's probably no right answer to that question when the options include two veterans fighting injuries and a kid who's never started an NHL playoff game before, but they have to put somebody in there.



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