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Harding shuts out Preds to end Wild’s skid

Oct 22, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

The feeling – subtle or not – was that the Minnesota Wild were leaning toward eventually making Josh Harding their “guy” in net as Niklas Backstrom‘s contract was expiring, but Harding’s MS diagnosis might have scuttled those plans. Still, it’s easy to describe his recent production as healthy, so maybe he is as well?

The 29-year-old stopped all 16 Nashville Predators shots (yes, in a full game) to get his first goose egg of 2013-14 season, improving his record to 4-2-1 with fabulous individual numbers (such as a .953 save percentage). Meanwhile, Backstrom, 35, hasn’t won yet (0-0-2) and has allowed eight goals on 53 shots.

At minimum, Harding deserves more starts in the short-term. Soak in his strong Tuesday performance (along with Pekka Rinne‘s solid night, which was ruined by one mistake for Minnesota’s goal) in the highlights below:

  1. joey4id - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    “We’ve got to create more chances. We have to have an attack mentality,” Yeo told Fox Sports Minnesota. “When there’s an opportunity to finish, we’ve got to finish.”

    This was an excellent public display of dissatisfaction. As a coach you feel you pressed the right button when your team responds positively. Like I wrote here on PHT, this can work to your advantage if the Cap and the As were in on it. You can’t pull this stunt too often over the course of the year. But! Well done Yeo. Now I hope he deflects all attention to the team if the media asks him if he felt he pressed the right button with his quote. Don’t lose that positiveness and momentum you just acquired.

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