Wild's Harding a Finalist for NHL's Masterton

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Wild's Harding a Finalist for NHL's Masterton

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 6:13 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has been named one of three finalists for the NHL's Masterton Trophy, it was announced by the league on Tuesday.

The Masterton has been given since 1967 to the NHL player who best exemplifies "perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November 2012 and received treatment for much of this lockout-shortened season. He started in three regular season games, finishing with a 3.24 goals against average and an .863 saves percentage.

The Wild goaltender was then forced into postseason action after Niklas Backstrom was injured in warmups before game one of Minnesota's first-round series with Chicago.

Harding started every game, but was forced to leave game four after the first period with a leg injury and then ultimately benched midway through game five. He finished the playoffs with a record of (1-4) and a 2.94 goals against average.

The other two finalists for the Masterton Award are Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby and Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid. The 2013 winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final.

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