Minnesota's Harding injured, leaves game

Minnesota's Harding injured, leaves game
May 7, 2013, 9:45 pm
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding was injured late in the first period, and Darcy Kuemper replaced him to start the second as they hosted the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Harding suffered a lower-body injury after Jonathan Toews, driving on a shot, fell on him in the first period. Harding got up slowly, favoring his left leg. During a late-period time out, a trainer came out to talk to Harding. The goaltender moved side-to-side, laboring as he did. He finished the first period, most of which was consumed by a Blackhawks power play that didn’t record a shot.

Kuemper came out to start the second. The 23-year-old allowed a goal on the first shot he saw, from Patrick Sharp, 1:02 into the period.

The Wild have had some bizarre goaltending injury woes this postseason. No. 1 starter Niklas Backstrom was injured in Game 1 warmups when he lunged for a rebound. Harding has started all four games of the series.