Al Cimaglia | May 01, 2013 | Comments 2
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -Tuesday night’s 2-1 overtime victory by the Chicago Blackhawks over the Minnesota Wild is one of 16 conquests needed to hoist the Stanley Cup. Although it was only one win, the importance of the outcome can’t be overstated.If the Wild came away with a Game 1 victory without their starting goaltender, one of their best forwards and a top four defender defenseman who played sparingly, it would have been a huge confidence builder. Fortunately for the Blackhawks they still have a chance to retain home ice advantage. With a more complete performance on Friday this could still be a short series for the Hawks, but the Wild deserve a great deal of respect.If the Wild came through with an overtime tally this would have been a playoff victory remembered by their fans forever.Minnesota’s starting goalie Niklas Backstrom was hurt in pregame warm-ups. Backstrom had to be helped off the ice after suffering a lower body injury, possibly to his hip. Ironically Josh Harding, who last started a game on January 30 versus Chicago, was pressed into action. In that start, Harding was pulled after surrendering two goals on four shots.
Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before the season began. After his late January performance, Harding left the team for about two months while he adjusted to his medication. Harding’s effort Tuesday night was top rate and under the circumstances could be called outstanding. To be able to play in the NHL with MS is a remarkable accomplishment.
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