May 3, 2013
Harding's the status quo for Wild
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

Minnesota Wild's Josh Harding makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of Game 1 their NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals hockey game in Chicago, Illinois, April 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

A brief glimmer of hope gave way to reality Friday morning when a surprise appearance by Nik Backstrom at the Minnesota Wild’s morning skate only reinforced that he isn’t ready to go.

“Josh Harding,” said head coach Mike Yeo, when asked who his starting goaltender will be when the Hawks and Wild resume their series after a two day break.

That Backstrom was riding an exercise bike in the hallway Friday morning and was on the ice for the first time since injuring himself during the pre-game warm-up on Tuesday gave faint hope to those who thought he might be healthy enough to play. But with three goalies on the ice, he spent most of his time gliding around the rink and seemed like he was labouring to get back to his feet when he did go down to make a save.

He refused to speak with reporters afterward.



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