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Video: Wild’s Backstrom hurt during warmups, Harding starts Game 1

Apr 30, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

The series hasn’t even started for the Minnesota Wild and they’re already fighting an uphill battle in warmups.

Starting goalie Niklas Backstrom went down during pregame warmups after taking a shot and stretching to his right to follow up on it. He stayed down on the ice and needed help to get back to the bench.

That means backup Josh Harding will get the start tonight and the last time he started came against Chicago on January 30. He was pulled after playing just 6:45 of the game and allowed two goals on four shots. Last we saw of Harding after that came in Minnesota’s 6-1 loss to Edmonton last week when he replaced Backstrom allowing three goals on 12 shots in relief.

Harding is playing tonight as if it was a high-wire act and going without a backup of his own.

Update: Our NBCSN cameras caught what happened to send Backstrom out of tonight’s game.

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  1. JoeAvg - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Wow! That all I can say.

  2. steelturf76 - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    As with any team, losing your starting goalie is a huge loss. As a person living with Multiple Sclerosis I have nothing but the utmost respect for Josh Harding and wish him well while he is minding the net. He has been a huge inspiration to me knowing how hard this disease can effect an individual in any activity and for him to be starting a Stanley Cup Playoff game is a huge accomplishment.

  3. murtdurt - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    As an owner of towes and sharp this isn’t good. I need this series to go 6 atleast. More games=more points. But tough break for the wild

  4. profsudz - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Harding for Masterson, Vezina, Hart and Conn Smythe! Make it Happen!

  5. blastardo - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    The drama has already begun and its only day 1 into the playoffs.

  6. 950003cups - May 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Hate the Wild. Love Harding. Glad the game ended on a goal that wasn’t his fault. He played stellar. Everyone should remember how he kept that game alive to OT. Wild just didn’t have the balls to take Chicago. But Harding played his butt off!! Nothing but love and respect for the guy.

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