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Wild coach on Harding: ‘We left him out to dry’

May 4, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

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There are plenty of players to blame for the Minnesota Wild’s 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 on Friday, but backup-turned-starter Josh Harding isn’t an ideal candidate.

He stopped 43 out of 47 shots, giving his team a chance to win in a second straight loss. Head coach Mike Yeo certainly didn’t blame the 28-year-old goalie, as’s Tracey Myers reports.

“He was fantastic,” Yeo said. “We left him out to dry tonight.”

It wasn’t lost on Yeo that Game 2 was far less competitive than Game 1.

“They were better from Game 1 and we were worse,” Yeo said.

Now the Wild need to dig deep to make a series of this first-round matchup.

  1. hammerhead5573 - May 4, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Kane did not score one goal tonite but was far and away the best player the hawks had on the ice tonight. Is it any wonder why no one gets near him when he puck handles. The feed to sharp was a classic example why you don’t collapse on Kane

  2. profsudz - May 4, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Every time Kane spin-o-ramas I see a PMB who isn’t scared for his life and who can actually score a goal. Must be fun for Chi fans

  3. purpleguy - May 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Hey, the Hawks are just better than my team, which is magnified even more with Pomenville, Heately and Bachstrom out. Can’t pin this one on Harding — Kouivu and PMB have been ghosts and our 3rd line D-men have been abysmal.

  4. jacketsfan7 - May 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Hate the wild for knocking the jackets out of playoff contention , but I gotta cheer for josh Harding , he’s a true heart and soul goalie

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