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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 CSNChicago.com’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.

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