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Video: Minnesota’s Harding leaves Game 4 with lower body injury

May 7, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

Things just can’t be easy for Josh Harding and the Minnesota Wild.

During the first period of tonight’s Game 4, Harding’s crease was crashed by a Wild defender and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Toews landed on top of Harding and the goalie came up looking hurt.

The play came with about four minutes to play in the period and Harding did stay in the game, but when the second period got underway it would be backup and third-stringer Darcy Kuemper taking over in net.

Michael Russo of The Star Tribune reports Harding is out with a lower body injury. He faced six shots and allowed a goal to Patrick Sharp before departing. Harding was playing thanks to an injury to starting goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered during warmups before the start of Game 1.

Here’s video of the play in question:

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  1. profsudz - May 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    What’s up with all these thugs taking out dude after dude on our team?

    Start to run these punks into the boards

    • Jackson Scofield - May 7, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      Seriously? Pomminville was already injured before the series, Backstrom was injured in warmups, neither due to the Hawks, and Toews made a rush trying to score and all of a sudden the Hawks are thugs who deserve to be taken out? Typical classless fan of a team down in a series.

      • profsudz - May 8, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        I didn’t say that all of the thugs were hawks. Did I?

      • Jackson Scofield - May 8, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Well you want to run people into boards, and the Hawks are the last team you will be playing this year…

      • profsudz - May 8, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        I’m sure if Crawford got knocked out you’d be posting on here about how happy you are to be rocking an AHL goalie

  2. noozehound - May 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    how many cross checks is Oduya gonna get away with before.the refs start blowing the whistle…

    • comeonnowguys - May 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Six power plays for the Wild. And there’s still 13 minutes to go in the game.


    • prd797 - May 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      The Wild have practically spent the game on the power play and you are whining about the Hawks getting away with something?

      Add an S at the beginning of your name noozehound, because you obviously aren’t watching the same game as the rest of us.

      • profsudz - May 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

        They spent practically half of the game that they should have been on the power play.

    • honeybadger33 - May 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Oduya did get a penalty… many times are the wild going to dive in till they get a penalty??

  3. rgledz - May 7, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Hey noozehound….the answer is about as many as Suter gets away with from start to finish. The difference is Oduya got called for it and Suter never does. Open your eyes and see for yourself.

  4. hammerhead5573 - May 8, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Prof sudz , I was actually giving you credit for showing up in spite of the loss, but seriously dude, do you have a filter from brain to fingers hitting the keyboard? U suggested thugs in a comment on a post about the hawks and wild! Then later after being challenged you suggested you weren’t talking about the hawks. Just do like the wild did and go away

  5. jgreen1516 - May 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    imma hawks fan….and thought it was a low play….sorry guys

    • chicagobtech - May 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      No need to apologize, you’re entitled to your opinion. However I, and I think others, disagree with you. It’s not Toews style to injure, and it did look like he tried to avoid the hit. However sometimes these things happen, it’s the nature of the game.

    • honeybadger33 - May 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Low play for what? Toews did nothing. Don’t know if you were watching the same game

  6. honeybadger33 - May 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Listen toews could have run over harding but he stopped and harding was already down. Its hockey it happens.

  7. jgreen1516 - May 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    yup, watching same game. (:

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