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Fight Guy
04-12-2006, 04:53 PM
Josh Harding records shutout as Wild down slumping Blackhawks 2-0 (http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/04/268268.html)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota rookie goalie Josh Harding will be sad to see the NHL season end in a few days.

On Tuesday night, Harding made 27 saves in his second NHL start and Stephane Veilleux scored the deciding goal on a third-period breakaway in the Wild's 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. It has been a perfect start for Harding, who beat St. Louis in a shootout last week in his NHL debut.
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"To get my first win in a shootout and now get a shutout, you can't write a better book than that," said Harding, expected to play for the Wild's Houston minor league team in the AHL playoffs. "It makes the game easy when you're in the right position, but this is a great feeling and definitely something big to get off my chest."

Pierre-Marc Bouchard added an empty-net goal with 1:11 remaining to help the Wild win for the fifth time in their last seven games. Chicago, which has lost five of its last six, has lost 40 of 41 games by two goals or less this season.

"I don't think our power play generated enough quality chances from the start," Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney said. "They've got the best penalty kill in the league, so you've got to work for loose pucks. It wasn't our best night, obviously."

Veilleux scored after a Chicago turnover midway through the third, with Brian Rolston chipping the puck out of the Chicago zone to Veilleux, who had gotten loose behind defender Brent Seabrook. Veilleux caught up to the puck at the blue line, corralled it and came straight in on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. The Wild forward faked a backhand shot before tucking the puck past the goalie's right skate.

"It was a good play by Brian, and I just skated hard to finally get a breakaway," Veilleux said. "Then I just made a right and left move to put it in."

It was the seventh goal of the season for Veilleux, who was ejected from the game less than a minute later after a fight with Chicago's Radim Vrbata.

"He was intense and skated well," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "This is exactly what we expected from Veilleux all year. The last 10 games he's been playing well and getting some offence."

Khabibulin had 20 saves for the Blackhawks, who were shut out for the third time this season - all of them on the road.

"It seems we couldn't get anything going," Blackhawks captain Martin Lapointe said. "In this league, if you can't get your power play going, you won't win games."

Minnesota was outshot in the opening two periods, but had best scoring chances. Veilleux hit the post with a turnaround shot in the opening minute of the game, and Kyle Wanvig appeared to have a clear shot at the Blackhawks net after a turnover late in the period, before Khabibulin thwarted him with a glove save.

Notes: Minnesota, which boasts the NHL's top penalty kill, held the Blackhawks scoreless on seven power plays, including a 5-minute power play in the third period. Chicago has the league's worst road power play. ... It was the last home game of the season for the Wild, who will miss the playoffs for the fourth time in their five NHL seasons.

Kinda surprised this hadn't been posted yet :skeptical I saw last night that Minnesota had shutout Chicago, then it struck me...I'm sure they let Harding play this one...and they did! Second career win and it's a shutout. His first was the first ever shootout win in a goalies debut...or something stupid like that...lol. Good work though. Can't wait to see him play more next year!

04-12-2006, 08:04 PM
sweet stuff for Harding, but with this kid's skill it doesn't suprise me, clearly they should promote him to starter :D

...tough luck that the Wild won't be in the playoffs but the Aeros will definately be happy they're getting him back

A Moose/Aero Calder Cup series final would be freakin awesome...lol

04-13-2006, 12:08 AM
This is awesome... 2-0 to start his career. Way to go Josh, keep it up and win the Calder Cup (with Houston). :clap:

04-13-2006, 07:16 PM
Hardings also playing tonight against nashville, its 2-1 nashville so far, but its only the 2nd