Harding Shines, Wild Fall in OT to 'Hawks

By KBJR News 1

Harding Shines, Wild Fall in OT to 'Hawks

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM CDT

Chicago, IL (NNCNOW.com) --- Josh Harding made 35 saves in an emergency playoff start for the Minnesota Wild, but Bryan Bickell scored late in the first overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win in game one of the first-round postseason series.

Harding was forced into action after Niklas Backstrom was injured in pregame warmups, leaving with what appeared to be a left leg issue.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before the season, Harding had started in just three games during the regular season for Minnesota.

Cal Clutterbuck gave the Wild a 1-0 lead with a first period tally, which held up until Marian Hossa scored on the powerplay early in the second for the Blackhawks.

The Wild had a number of chances through the third period and the overtime, perhaps the best of which was a Jason Zucker shot off the crossbar midway through the extra session.

Minnesota is making its first playoff appearance since 2008, with game two against Chicago set for 8:30 p.m. on May 2.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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