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Continued: Souhan: Harding fills in amazingly for injured Backstrom

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 1, 2013 - 12:01 PM

In that moment, Harding may have been transformed from an inspirational afterthought to the most pivotal player in the series.

Chicago’s goaltender, Corey Crawford, entered the game with a 5-8 postseason record, and gave up the first goal of the game, a harmless-looking wrister by Cal Clutterbuck. Harding gave up two goals he had little chance of stopping. He turned the first game of what was expected to be a lopsided series into one of those dramas that costs hockey fans a lot of sleep.

“Hards is a pretty incredible story,’’ said Wild forward Devin Setoguchi. “I don’t think there’s any other professional athlete playing with MS other than him.’’

Harding shrugged and said, “I felt great.’’

Only he knows whether that’s true.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10-noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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